Drugs and Social Context

Social Perspectives on the Use of Alcohol and Other Drugs

  • Telmo Mota  Ronzani

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Drugs and Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Telmo Mota Ronzani
      Pages 3-13
    3. Pollyanna Santos da Silveira, Joanna Gonçalves Andrade de Tostes, Hoi Ting Wan, Telmo Mota Ronzani, Patrick W. Corrigan
      Pages 15-25
  3. Social Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Verônica Morais Ximenes, Fernando Santana de Paiva, James Ferreira Moura Jr, Pedro Henrique Antunes da Costa
      Pages 49-61
    3. Nuria Romo-Avilés
      Pages 63-75
    4. Adriana Eiko Matsumoto, Marcio Farias, Silvio Luiz de Almeida
      Pages 77-88
    5. Magda Dimenstein, Marcelo Dalla Vecchia, João Paulo Macedo, Francisco Inacio Bastos
      Pages 89-109
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 111-114

About this book


This book goes beyond the traditional approaches to drug use and discusses the issue from a societal perspective, integrating contributions from different disciplines such as psychology, public health, anthropology, law, public policies and sociology to address specifically the social aspects of the phenomenon. Given its complexity, drug use demands a multidisciplinary approach from many different perspectives, but despite the vast literature about the topic, the majority of the books are restricted either to a purely medical perspective (focused mainly on treatment techniques) or to a criminological perspective (focused mainly on drug trafficking and organized crime).  

The social approach adopted in this volume challenges this dichotomy and analyzes both the social contexts to which drug use is related and the social and political consequences of the attitudes and policies adopted by governments and other social groups towards drug users, addressing topics such as: 

  • Drugs and poverty 
  • Drugs and gender
  • Drugs and race
  • Drugs and territory
  • Stigmatization of drug use
  • Prohibitionism

Given its broad and innovative approach, Drugs and Social Context - Social Perspectives on the Use of Alcohol and Other Drugs will be of interest for researchers, clinicians and other health professionals, since the study of the social aspects of drug use is central to everyone who deals with the issue.


Drug use Drug abuse Drug addiction Drug dependence Alcoholism Social aspects of drug use Psychosocial approach to drug use Drugs and prohibition Drugs and poverty Drugs and gender Drugs and race Social stigma and drug use Drugs and human rights Drug abuse prevention War on drugs Drugs and consummer society Drugs and market economy Drug markets Drugs and media Drug policies

Editors and affiliations

  • Telmo Mota  Ronzani
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversidade Federal de Juiz de ForaJuiz de ForaBrazil

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-72445-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-72446-1
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