Drugs: Policy and Politics

Rhidian Hughes, Rachel Lart, Paul Higate
McGraw-Hill Education, 2006 - 143 páginas
This text provides undergraduates, postgraduates and professionals with a highly accessible introduction to the links between drugs and social policy. Set within the context of current and recent policy and political response, it considers the ways in which policy has been formulated and implemented with reference to a range of substantive and theoretical areas. The aim of this text is to sensitise undergraduates, postgraduates and professionals to the little considered links between social policy, drugs policy and the drugs field. In so doing, the text sketches the dynamic and shifting context of drug policy through lively discussions of broader policy arenas, as well as through groups who have come to be associated with particular patterns of drug use. The broader policy arenas are grounded in the fields of health, the criminal justice system and social exclusion. The drug using groups focused on in the text turn on gender, ethnicity and young people. The textâ¬"s innovation lies in its ability to contextualise the empirical development of drug policies over recent years with their theoretical and ideological contexts.

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Social Exclusion Drugs and Policy
Gender Drugs and Policy
Young People and Drugs
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Rhidian Hughes is Senior Research Fellow at Guy's, King's and St Thomas' School of Medicine.

Rachel Lart is a Lecturer in Social Policy in the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol. She is interested in in the analysis of drugs policy and has also done research in the overlap between mental health and the criminal justice system.

Paul Higate is a Lecturer in Social Policy in the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol. His research and teaching interests are diverse but have included a teaching based concern to broaden the field of social policy within the context of debates around postmodernity.

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