Synthetic Panics: The Symbolic Politics of Designer Drugs

Synthetic Panics The Symbolic Politics of Designer Drugs America has a long history of drug panics in which countless social problems have been blamed on the devastating effects of some harmful substance In the last forty years such panics have often focus

  • Title: Synthetic Panics: The Symbolic Politics of Designer Drugs
  • Author: Philip Jenkins
  • ISBN: 9780814742433
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Hardcover
  • America has a long history of drug panics in which countless social problems have been blamed on the devastating effects of some harmful substance In the last forty years, such panics have often focused on synthetic or designer drugs, like methamphetamine, PCP, Ecstasy, methcathinone, and rave drugs like ketamine, and GHB Fear of these substances has provided critical juAmerica has a long history of drug panics in which countless social problems have been blamed on the devastating effects of some harmful substance In the last forty years, such panics have often focused on synthetic or designer drugs, like methamphetamine, PCP, Ecstasy, methcathinone, and rave drugs like ketamine, and GHB Fear of these substances has provided critical justification for the continuing war on drugs Synthetic Panics traces the history of these anti drug movements, demonstrating that designer chemicals inspire so much fear not because they are uniquely dangerous, but because they bring into focus deeply rooted public concerns about social and cultural upheaval Jenkins highlights the role of the mass media in spreading anti drug hysteria and shows how proponents of the war on drugs use synthetic panics to scapegoat society s others and exacerbate racial, class, and intergenerational conflict.

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    1. Jenkins' book is a very interesting one about moral panics in regards to synthetic drugs. We get a history of various drug scares that occured in the US since the speed 'epidemic' of the 1960's. It's a very critical view of how the media and institutions such as the DEA frame these issues and distort the actual use and dangerousness of these synthetic drugs. His critique is grounded on the theoretical framework of moral panics and empirically grounded on a sort of discourse analysis of media rep [...]

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