- Paperback: 359 pages
- Publisher: University of California Press; First edition (September 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0520202422
- ISBN-13: 978-0520202429
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #953,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Crack in America accurately and forcefully examines in detail the myth and the reality of crack. It is a must-read for any American concerned about drugs in our society and for any reader valuing honesty and scholarship compellingly presented."―Robert W. Sweet, U.S. District Judge
"A penetrating analysis by a variety of scholars which explodes many of the government propagated myths regarding crack cocaine."―Joseph D. McNamara, Stanford University
"Reinarman, Levine and their colleagues bring a keen sociological sensibility to their analysis of our contemporary moral panic. These essays make clear that crack policy is more the problem than the so-called crack epidemic. And they go on to disentangle the intricate ways in which American culture and economy, and particularly our racism, classicism and sexism, are implicated both in the use of crack and its repression."―Frances Fox Piven, Dept. of Political Science, CUNY Graduate Center
"Scholarly, lucid, and readable. . .the most original and thoughtful analysis of the American crack panic. The contributors demonstrate compellingly the relationship between social justice and public health."―Lester Grinspoon, M.D., Harvard Medical School
"An immensely rich book and an extraordinary source of information. . . . Since crack is not only America's but the world's latest demon drug, and since rational alternatives to repression are at the order of the day the world over, the book is indispensable reading for concerned students, scholars, politicians, and citizens everywhere."―Henner Hess, Goethe-Universitat (Frankfurt, Germany)
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