Drug Use and Social Change

The Distortion of History

  • Michael Shiner

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 170-238

About this book


This book locates the rise of illicit drug use within the historical development of late industrial society and challenges the prevailing view. Highlighting key areas of continuity and the on-going value of classic criminological theory, it is argued that recent trends do not constitute the radical departure that is often supposed.


consumption development social change sociology

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael Shiner
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  1. 1.London School of Economics and Political ScienceUK

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