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Author Acker, Caroline Jean, 1947-

Title Creating the American junkie : addiction research in the classic era of narcotic control / Caroline Jean Acker
Published Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002
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Description 1 online resource (276 pages)
Contents 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
Summary "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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Drug addiction -- Research -- United States.
Drug addicts -- Government policy -- United States.
Drug addicts -- Research -- United States.
Heroin abuse -- Research -- United States.
Heroin abuse -- Social aspects -- United States.
Drug and Narcotic Control -- history.
Heroin Dependence -- etiology.
Heroin Dependence -- history.
Research -- history.
United States.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2001001520
ISBN 080187453X (electronic bk.)
0801883830 (print)
9780801874536 (electronic bk.)
9780801883835 (print)