First printing of these collected essays challenging the prevailing psychological model of the drug abuser, signed by co-editor Coombs in the year of publication.
Near fine in very good jacket.
"Thus, to be spoken of as a 'head' is complimentary, whereas to be termed a 'freak' or 'speed freak' is, except in certain special contexts, derogating."
Collection of scholarly papers addressing the phenomenon of drug abuse as a socially conditioned behavior, rather than as a matter strictly for psychology, medicine, and the criminal justice system. Drugs of interest are primarily heroin and marijuana, with digressions on methedrine and LSD. Topics include: the effects of military service in Vietnam (Morris Duncan Stanton); advertising and drug acculturation (Robert Seidenberg); college socialization towards marijuana use (Armand Mauss); and "Heads and Freaks: Patterns and Meanings of Drug Use Among Hippies" (Fred Davis and Laura Munoz). Diligent attempts to reproduce the popular argot of post-'60s drug culture are duly made; Joan Didion in the SATURDAY EVENING POST is duly cited; a "stand-up cat" is duly defined. Of rich historical interest to sociologists, doctors, and drug users alike.
Cambridge, MA: Schenkman Publishing Company, Inc, (1976). 9'' x 6''. Original blue cloth. In original pale blue dust jacket. 478 pages. Inscribed by Coombs "To Bill Nichols, with warm personal regards", dated October 1976, on front free endpaper. Jacket spine sunned; light chipping and a few small tears to edges; faint staining to panels.
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