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Author Alexander, Bruce K.

Title The globalisation of addiction : a study in poverty of the spirit / Bruce K. Alexander
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008
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Description 1 online resource (470 pages, 2 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color)
Contents Vancouver as prototype -- Addiction1, addiction2, addiction3, addiction4 -- The dislocation theory of addiction -- Psychosocial integration is a necessity -- Free-market society undermines psychosocial integration -- Addiction is a way of adapting to dislocation: historical evidence -- Addiction is a way of adapting to dislocation: quantitative research, clinical reports, and 'spam' -- Addiction is a way of adapting to dislocation: the myth of the demon drugs -- Addiction and society -- The role of addiction in the civilised madness of the 21st century -- Getting by -- Spiritual treatment for addiction: the 'fifth pillar' -- Socrates' 'master passions' and dikaiosune -- From blindness and paralysis to action -- Social actions to control addiction: question period
Summary "This book argues that the cause of the failure to control addiction is that the conventional wisdom of the 19th and 20th centuries focused too single-mindedly on the afflicted individual addict. Although addiction obviously manifests itself in individual cases, its prevalence differs dramatically between societies. This book shows that the social circumstances that spread addiction in a conquered tribe or a failing civilisation are also built into today's globalising free-market society. The book argues that the most effective response to a growing addiction problem is a social and political one, rather than an individual one"--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 401-461) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Compulsive behavior -- Social aspects -- Canada.
Compulsive behavior.
Substance abuse -- Social aspects -- Canada.
Substance abuse.
Behavior, Addictive -- psychology.
Psychology, Social.
Social Adjustment.
Social Environment.
Substance-Related Disorders -- psychology.
British Columbia.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0191552089 (electronic bk.)
9780191552083 (electronic bk.)