Palgrave Macmillan (25 June 2009)
This book provides a fresh, challenging perspective on one of the most talked about, but least understood, issues of our time. Using Britain as a case study and drawing on national survey data, Michael Shiner explores the social characteristics of those who use illicit drugs, the broader lifestyle context in which they do so and the way that drug use fits into the life-course. Whilst noting various ways in which the rise of illicit drug use has been linked to broader processes of social change, the analysis identifies important areas of continuity and suggests that recent developments do not constitute the radical departure that is often supposed, The key issues we face today, it is argued, are not so very different from those that began to be identified half a century ago, and there continues to be much we can learn from the past.
Michael Shiner is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy and Criminology at LSE
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