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The Face of Social Suffering: Life History of a Street Drug Addict
"This research-based, theory-driven account of the changing underground world of drug use and associated health effects covers the essential ground in a brisk, authoritative fashion. After a thorough outline of the nature and history of drug use dynamics, the author assesses the role of youth in new drug use practices, the impact of illicit drug distribution and the War on...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published December 5th 2005 by Waveland Pr Inc
(first published 2005)
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I read this for an Oral History class. This book is short and can be read in a day or two. There is almost no theory; it basically follows a heroin addict from Connecticut who floats between jail and the streets while examining the societal, cultural, and economic conditions that have led him to where he is. Singer does a good job of portraying the book's subject as having some degree of choice and control over the decisions he makes, but also demonstrating the limitations and challenges he face...more