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The use of illegal drugs is so common that a number of commentators now refer to the 'normalisation' of drug consumption. It is surprising, then, that to date very little academic work has explored drug use as part of contemporary popular culture. This collection of readings will apply an innovatory, multi-disciplinary approach to this theme, combining some of the most recent research on 'the normalisation thesis' with fresh work on the relationship between drug use and popular culture. In drawing upon criminological, sociological and cultural studies approaches, this book will make an important contribution to the newly emerging field positioned at the intersection of these disciplines. The particular focus of the book is upon drug consumption as popular culture. It aims to provide an accessible collection of chapters and readings that will explore drug use in popular culture in a way that is relevant to undergraduates and postgraduates studying a variety of courses, including criminology, sociology, media studies, health care and social work.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781843922100
ISBN-10: 184392210X
Format: Paperback
(246mm x 174mm x mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Willan Publishing
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Paul Manning

Paul Manning is the Head of the School of Media and Film at Winchester University, UK. His research interests include news and political communication, news sources, drugs and popular culture, and cultural criminology.

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