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16 Contemp. Drug Probs. 535 (1989)
Crack in Context: Politics and Media in the Making of a Drug Scare

handle is hein.journals/condp16 and id is 551 raw text is: Contemporary Drug Problems/Winter 1989

Crack in context:
politics and media in the
making of a drug scare
Craig Reinarman (Stevenson College, University of California-
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz 95064) is a sociology professor and the
author (with Dan Waldorf and Sheigla Murphy) of the
forthcoming book Cocaine Changes (Temple University Press).
Harry Gene Levine is a sociology professor at Queens College
of the City University of New York and is completing a book
on the alcohol question in America that will be published by
Basic Books.
Two summers ago, began a 1988 New York Times edito-
rial, America discovered crack and overdosed on oratory
AUTHORS' NOTE: Parts of this article were presented at the 37th annual
meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, Chicago, 1986,
and an earlier version of it was published as The Crack Attack: Politics
and Media in America's Latest Drug Scare,  in Joel Best, ed., Images and
Issues: Current Perspectives on Social Problems (New York: Aldine de
Gruyter, 1989). This work was in part inspired by the remarkable number
of contemporary drug researchers willing to challenge the current ortho-
doxies about drugs, and especially by the courageous and path-breaking
work of Alfred Lindesmith, Howard Becker, Edward Brecher, Norman
Zinberg, Troy Duster, Arnold Trebach, Lester Grinspoon, James Bakalar,
Dan Waldorf, and Andrew Wet. We want to thank Joel Best, John Brown
Childs, John Kitsuse, Sheigla Murphy, Ethan Nadelmann, Marsha Rosen-
baum, Joseph Schneider, and Dan Waldorf for their comments on earlier
versions, which helped sharpen our analysis.
@ 1990 by Federal Legal Publications, Inc.

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