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SOAN0319

Idea of Drugs and Addiction

The Idea of Drugs and Addiction
Drugs cause panic and social hysteria. We spend time talking about them and expend energy distinguishing between good and bad drugs and users. Movies, documentaries, literature, art, and television shows reflect this preoccupation with the use and misuse of drugs. In this course we will investigate the social significance of “drugs” as a cultural, rather than pharmacological, category. We will consider drugs and addiction as ideas that reflect concerns about the “self” in modernity. We will examine the panic surrounding drug use and addiction, our preoccupation with treatment, and our emphasis on sobriety. Overall, we will engage with the larger themes the idea of drugs and addiction raises: harm, exclusion, inequality, pleasure, freedom, desire, perfection, enlightenment, and control. 3hrs. lect./disc. (SOAN 0105 or SOAN 0288) (Sociology)
Subject:
Sociology/Anthropology
Department:
Sociology/Anthropology
Division:
Social Sciences
Requirements Fulfilled:
CMP NOR SOC

Sections

Spring 2015

SOAN0319A-S15 Lecture (Tiger)

Spring 2014

SOAN0319A-S14 Lecture (Tiger)

Fall 2011

SOAN0319A-F11 Lecture (Tiger)

Fall 2010

SOAN0319A-F10 Lecture (Tiger)

Spring 2010

SOAN0319A-S10 Lecture (Tiger)

Spring 2009

SOAN0319A-S09 Lecture (Tiger)