"Contested Meanings collects important work that will have broad appeal. A consistent theme in Gusfield's work is the conceptualization of problems. That theme is continued here, both at a societal level, in his discussions of alternative conceptualizations of drinking, drinking problems, and driving problems, and at a face-to-face level, in his observational studies of tavern behavior and its relation to drinking-driver arrests & processing. There is no equivalent book in this field."-Robin Room, Addiction Research Foundation -- Robin Room, Addiction Research Foundation
About the Author
Joseph R. Gusfield is professor emeritus of sociology at the University of California, San Diego. He has lectured and taught throughout the world and served as a consultant to numerous governmental bodies on issues of alcoholism and drunk driving. The former president of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, the Pacific Sociological Association, and the Alcohol and Temperance History Group, he is the author and editor of many books, including Symbolic Crusade: Status Politics and the American Temperance Movement and The Culture of Public Problems: Drinking-Driving and the Symbolic Order.