Drugs in Adolescent Worlds: Burnouts to Straights
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Barry Glassner is the author of the national bestseller "The Culture of Fear". He is a professor of sociology at USC, and he lives in Los Angeles.
This book provides a new perspective, which is sociological rather than epidemiological, understanding patterns of drug taking in the context of ordinary social interaction. Drug use by adolescents is usually viewed as the result of personal vulnerability to peer pressures and drug pushers. In this social worlds analysis, adolescents' own concerns with boredom, depression, social identity, friendship, access to drugs, self-control and folk pharmacology replace the professionals' focus on deviant behaviour.
Do you want to understand why kids take drugs? Fiona Perman I am studying a Masters Degree and have read this book as part of my research. I am now ordering it because I want my own copy. Though this book is academic in its structure, I found it a thoroughly enjoyable and insightful read. The world of drug taking and adolescents is filled with mythology and fear. For so many parents the ultimate fear is to find out that your child is taking drugs. Reading this book will provide a deeper understanding of this adolescent behavior. It does not discount the risks or discard the validity of parental fear, but rather provides a broad and reali
For serious students of adolescent drug use. . The remainder of the book relies on participant-observation and in-depth interviewing to decribe the "social worlds" of adolescent users and nonusers. The intent is to understand drug use not as deviance but as an aspect of social interaction. There is very heavy reliance upon excerpts from interviews with 100 teenagers. Fewer excerpts and one more good chapter of theoretical explanation would be helpful, but as it stands the book provides an interesting descripton of drug use from the points of view of young users and non-uers. John Broderick, Sociology Dept., Stonehill Coll., North Easton, Mass.Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. From Library Journal The first chapter compares epidemiological, political, and social explanations of adolescent drug use