“The Crack Attack: America’s Latest Drug Scare 1986-1992”

Rereading this article, I was astonished by a couple of sentences:

America’s drug problems functioned as opportunities for the imposition of an old moral agenda and the appearance of a new social concern. Moreover, the remedies that followed from this view were in perfect harmony with “traditional family values” – individual moral discipline and abstinence, combined with police and prisons for those who indulged. Such remedies avoided all questions about the economic and political sources of and solutions to America’s social problems.

And talking about the changes in the 1980s,

They conceptualized people in trouble as people who make trouble (Gusfield 1985); they made social control rather than social welfare the organizing axis of public policy (Reinarman 1988).

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