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Critical Perspectives on Addiction (Advances in Medical Sociology) Hardcover – October 31, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1780529301 ISBN-10: 1780529309

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Featuring the works of several up-and-coming scholars, this volume offers a fresh perspective on our understanding of addiction and the expansion of its meaning. By challenging the conventional definitions of what addiction is and who addicts are, this work takes a critical look at the ways in which those in power (both politically and culturally) reinforce racial echelons, aid neoliberal ethics of personal responsibility, and reinscribe gender politics. Chapters cover topics such as medicalization and biomedicalization, race and the shaping of addicts, social control, intervention and rehab, as well as the expansion of addiction. Academic in nature, this study is intended for students of sociology. Distributed in North America by Turpin Distribution. --Book News Inc. Portland, OR

Overall, the 10 chapters of this volume offer new insights into the study of addiction, demonstrate that our understandings and perceptions of addiction change and fills a gap in addiction studies by providing the readers with original and new critical perspectives that compete with the traditional understandings of addiction. --Bianca Mitu, Assistant Lecture, University of Bucharest. Reviewed in the International Journal of Communication and Health, Vol. 1, 2013

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