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Creating the American junkie : addiction research in the classic era of narcotic control / Caroline Jean Acker.

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Subject: Heroin abuse > Social aspects > United States.
Heroin abuse > Research > United States.
Drug addiction > Research > United States.
Drug addicts > Research > United States.
Drug addicts > Government policy > United States.
Héroïnomanie > Aspect social > États-Unis.
Héroïnomanie > Recherche > États-Unis.
Toxicomanie > Recherche > États-Unis.
Toxicomanes > Recherche > États-Unis.
Toxicomanes > Politique gouvernementale > États-Unis.
Heroin Dependence > United States > History.
Drug and Narcotic Control > United States > History.
Heroin Dependence > etiology > United States.
Research > United States > History.
Genre: Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 080187453X
  • ISBN: 9780801874536
  • ISBN: 9780801883835
  • ISBN: 0801883830
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (276 pages)
  • Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Heroin addiction and urban vice reform -- The opportunistic approach -- The technological fix : the search for a nonaddicting analgesic -- Constructing the addict career -- The junkie as psychopath -- Healing vision and bureaucratic reality -- The addict in the social body.
Review: "Heroin was only one drug among many that worried Progressive Era anti-vice reformers, but by the mid-twentieth century, heroin addiction came to symbolize irredeemable deviance. Creating the American Junkie examines how psychiatrists and psychologists produccd a construction of opiate addicts as deviants with inherently flawed personalities who were caught in the grip of a dependency from which few would eacape. Their portrayal of the tough urban addict helped bolster the federal government's policy of drug prohibition and created a social context that made the life of the American heroin addict - or junkie - more, not less, precarious in the wake of Progressive Era reforms."--Jacket.
Source of Description Note: Print version record.
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