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Tranquillisers are prescribed to almost twice as many women as men, yet very little gender-based research has been carried out on the social context of their use. Gendered Moods offers the first feminist analysis of the gendered character of psychotropic drug use, based on studies of long-term psychotropic drug users and the content of drug advertising. The authors argue that gender differences in psychotropic drug use are manifestations of the gendered construction of society as a whole, and that, as a result, women are particularly susceptible to being channelled into a state of dependency on prescribed drugs. Exploring current social scientific debates relating to drug users and providers, Gendered Moods also provides a critical review of previous research. It is a much needed introduction to a neglected area of study.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415082136
ISBN-10: 0415082137
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 138mm x 18mm)
Pages: 187
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 31-Aug-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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