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Drugs: Is the War Winnable?

Ted Gest

in Crime and Politics: Big Government's Erratic Campaign for Law and Order

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195103434
eISBN:
9780199833887
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195103432.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

The federal government asserted a role in fighting narcotics abuse since the early 20th century, but it was not until the Richard Nixon administration starting in 1969 that a federal “war on drugs” ... More


Acapulco Gold

Steven W. Bender

in Run For the Border: Vice and Virtue in U.S.-Mexico Border Crossings

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780814789520
eISBN:
9780814789537
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814789520.003.0009
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration

Illicit drug trafficking from Mexico dates back more than 100 years to opium smuggling and reflects the continuing willingness of Mexican traffickers to supply narcotics desired by U.S. users despite ... More


A Critique of the Court's Free Exercise Clause Jurisprudence in the U.S. Supreme Court Case of Employment Division v. Smith

Catharine Cookson

in Regulating Religion: The Courts and the Free Exercise Clause

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195129441
eISBN:
9780199834105
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019512944X.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The 1990 case of Employment Division v. Smith was decided against the defendants, but when analyzed using casuistry it is found to be an easy case for upholding their free exercise right. The state ... More


Drugs, Prisons, and Neighborhoods

William W. Goldsmith

in Saving Our Cities: A Progressive Plan to Transform Urban America

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781501704314
eISBN:
9781501706035
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501704314.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Urban and Rural Studies

This chapter focuses on the drug war. Those who enforce drug laws attack inner-city neighborhoods directly, drastically disrupting the lives of poor black and Latino residents. Cities at their best ... More


The Drug War as Widely Diffused Complexity

Jarrett Zigon

in War on People: Drug User Politics and a New Ethics of Community

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780520297692
eISBN:
9780520969957
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520297692.003.0002
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

This chapter follows the lead of the anti–drug war movement and conceptualizes the drug war as a situation that is widely diffused across different global scales, emerges differentially in various ... More


The War on Drugs and the Role of SOUTHCOM

Juan Gabriel Tokatlian

in Drug Trafficking, Organized Crime, and Violence in the Americas Today

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780813060682
eISBN:
9780813050935
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813060682.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The chapter highlights the role of the military in counternarcotics policy, focusing particularly on Colombia and Mexico. Since the mid-1990s, SOUTHCOM has played a key part in the U.S. counter-drug ... More


“Addicts” and the Disruptive Politics of Showing

Jarrett Zigon

in War on People: Drug User Politics and a New Ethics of Community

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780520297692
eISBN:
9780520969957
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520297692.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

This chapter interrogates the notion of the “addict” as the dehumanized internal enemy perpetuated by the drug war. Anti–drug war activists see this notion of the addict as a central part of what ... More


Prohibition

Natasha Du Rose

in The governance of female drug users: Women's experiences of drug policy

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9781847426727
eISBN:
9781447307839
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781847426727.003.0003
Subject:
Social Work, Crime and Justice

Chapter 4 focuses on the impact of the technology of prohibition on the lives of female users. It examines how the war on drugs is a war on women. How drug policy discourses in the UK, US and Canada ... More


Dispatches from the Drug Wars

Joseph Darda

in Empire of Defense: Race and the Cultural Politics of Permanent War

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780226632896
eISBN:
9780226633084
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226633084.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter takes literally President Richard Nixon’s 1971 declaration of a war on drugs. The empire of defense emerged from the anticommunist consensus assembled in the wake of World War II. When ... More


Political context

Natasha Du Rose

in The governance of female drug users: Women's experiences of drug policy

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9781847426727
eISBN:
9781447307839
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781847426727.003.0002
Subject:
Social Work, Crime and Justice

Chapter 3 provides a general picture of the political domain in which specific drug policies in the UK, the US and Canada have emerged. The ‘mentalities’, ‘governmental rationalities’ or ‘political ... More


Black Candle: Protection and Harm

R. Andrew Chesnut

in Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199764662
eISBN:
9780199932535
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199764662.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Very few media reports and films show anything but the dark side of the cult of Santa Muerte. Most American and Mexican nonbelievers, for example, have little idea that the Skinny Lady heals ... More


Drug-War Politics

William W. Goldsmith

in Saving Our Cities: A Progressive Plan to Transform Urban America

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781501704314
eISBN:
9781501706035
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501704314.003.0008
Subject:
Sociology, Urban and Rural Studies

This chapter examines drug-war politics. While many politicians have benefited from supporting the drug war, growing numbers of influential persons express opposition. While private firms may benefit ... More


Drug-Control Policies in the United States: Patterns, Prevalence, and Problems of Drug Use in the United States

Bruce M. Bagley

in Drug Trafficking, Organized Crime, and Violence in the Americas Today

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780813060682
eISBN:
9780813050935
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813060682.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter explores U.S. drug policies and provides a critical analysis of the war on drugs. This piece examines the results of such policies and highlights what policies have historically and ... More


Illicit Drugs in the Colombia-U.S. Relationship: Review and Prospects

Arlene B. Tickner and Carolina Cepeda

in Drug Trafficking, Organized Crime, and Violence in the Americas Today

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780813060682
eISBN:
9780813050935
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813060682.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The chapter evaluates the U.S.-Colombian relationship regarding drug control policies. The first section of the work identifies the basic assumptions of the war on drugs, highlighting the trends of ... More


The War on Drugs and Mass Incarceration

Miriam Boeri

in Hurt: Chronicles of the Drug War Generation

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780520293465
eISBN:
9780520966710
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520293465.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Law, Crime and Deviance

The War on Drugs started when baby boomers entered young adulthood, and it escalated into the most intense and systemic punitive response to nonviolent criminals ever seen in modern history, fueling ... More


Hurt: Chronicles of the Drug War Generation

Miriam Boeri

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780520293465
eISBN:
9780520966710
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520293465.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Law, Crime and Deviance

Hurt: Chronicles of the Drug War Generation weaves engaging first-person accounts of baby boomer drug users, including the account of the author’s own brother, a heroin addict. The compelling stories ... More


The Enemy Within: Drug Gangs and Police Militarization

Max Felker-Kantor

in Policing Los Angeles: Race, Resistance, and the Rise of the LAPD

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781469646831
eISBN:
9781469646855
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469646831.003.0009
Subject:
History, African-American History

Reductions to social service and urban aid budgets by the Reagan administration, economic crises, and growing conservatism among middle-class white voters reshaped political possibilities during the ... More


The Afghan Connection: Smuggling, Heroin, and Nixon’s War on Drugs in Afghanistan

James Tharin Bradford

in Poppies, Politics, and Power: Afghanistan and the Global History of Drugs and Diplomacy

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781501738333
eISBN:
9781501738340
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501738333.003.0006
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter explores how Richard Nixon’s War on Drugs transformed efforts by the Afghan government to stop the illicit drug trade. Greater pressure from the US government to enforce local drug laws ... More


8 Acapulco Gold

Steven W. Bender

in Run For the Border: Vice and Virtue in U.S.-Mexico Border Crossings

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780814789520
eISBN:
9780814789537
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814789520.003.0009
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration

Illicit drug trafficking from Mexico dates back more than 100 years to opium smuggling and reflects the continuing willingness of Mexican traffickers to supply narcotics desired by U.S. users despite ... More


Worlds and Situations

Jarrett Zigon

in Disappointment: Toward a Critical Hermeneutics of Worldbuilding

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780823278237
eISBN:
9780823280650
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823278237.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

Chapter three shows how the anti-drug war movement’s conception of the drug war offers a new way of conceiving the focus of political activity. In contrast to the individualized and bounded issues ... More


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