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What are we scared of? The absence of sociology in current debates about drug treatments and policies

Zajdow, Grazyna 2005, What are we scared of? The absence of sociology in current debates about drug treatments and policies, Journal of sociology, vol. 41, no. 2, pp. 185-199, doi: 10.1177/1440783305053237.

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Title What are we scared of? The absence of sociology in current debates about drug treatments and policies
Author(s) Zajdow, GrazynaORCID iD for Zajdow, Grazyna orcid.org/0000-0001-5329-0388
Journal name Journal of sociology
Volume number 41
Issue number 2
Start page 185
End page 199
Publisher Sage
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2005
ISSN 1440-7833
1741-2978
Keyword(s) social policy
ambivalence
alcohol and drugs policy
Summary The official public policy related to recreational drug use and abuse in Australia is harm minimization or harm reduction. Definitions of harm minimization vary but a general statement is that harm minimization is a policy or programme intended to decrease adverse health, social and economic consequences of drug use, even though the user may continue to use psychoactive drugs. This type of definition is most often compared to a zero-tolerance policy that aims to eliminate all recreational drug abuse by legal and other means. Sociologists have historically scoffed at this latter policy. Unfortunately, what this has meant is that harm minimization in all its forms has not been the object of analytical work on the part of sociologists.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1440783305053237
Field of Research 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, The Australian Sociological Association
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003293

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of History, Heritage and Society
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