This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Uses Drug War Politics To Outline The Sociological Theory Of How "Private Troubles" Become "Social Issues"

1654 words - 7 pages

How "Private Troubles" Become "Public Issues"Drug use has been a part of most likely every society since the since drugs were first discovered. Marijuana use has been traced back as far back as the 2727 B.C. when it was used by the Chinese as medicine for a gamut of different ailments (Henslin, pg. 89). Tobacco was first discovered by western civilization when Christopher Columbus found Native Americans smoking the leaves of this ominous plant upon his arrival to this continent (Henslin, pg. 89). Alcohol (beer, wine, and spirits, caffeine (through the consumption of coffee, coca (the leaf that cocaine is derived from), and opium (from the poppy flower) have all been part of society for hundreds of years, however this does not institute a social problem. A social problem arrives when a private trouble like drug addiction (the use or overuse of a drug such that it becomes harmful to the user) becomes recognized by other people as something that society should find threatening, inappropriate, or despicable. The ever-present problem of drug use in America is no different. Let us discuss how certain drugs became part of a social problem, whileFor as long as drugs have existed, drug users and abusers have been castigated by people or groups of people that found their action inappropriate because of what their society deems as correct. The problem of drug abuse has long been considered deviant behavior for a number of reasons. Deviant behavior is defined as "behavior that does not conform to social norms held by the dominant culture about average or expectable behavior" (Lecture notes on drug addiction). In the dominant capitalist culture that is The United States of America, drug abuse is considered deviant because has been deemed a counterproductive in a world where productivity pays the bills. Drug use, however is not always counterproductive because no drug is inherently good nor bad (Henslin, pg. 89). Because of this fact, people will continue to use and abuse drugs of all forms, licit, or illicit. When so many people use drugs, an objective condition is present, and when so many people feel as strongly as they do about their use because they have lost people they love to drugs (through death, or incarceration) a strong subjective concern must be present in this nation.The myth that "drugs are bad" can stem back to the acts of various moral entrepreneurs including Harry Aslinger who lead the movement to criminalize the use of Marijuana in 1937 through a fear-based campaign of exaggeration and false claims (Henslin, pg. 99). This campaign as well, as the movement to prohibit use of opium which was once available for purchase at most general stores, is rooted in American Racism. One of the main reasons for the Marijuana Tax Act, which prohibited Marijuana in America, was the fact that the majority of people who used marijuana were Mexican laborers who flooded into America in the 1920s. In the 1930's, during the great depression, this cheap labor...

Find Another Essay On Uses drug war politics to outline the sociological theory of how "private troubles" become "social issues"

Why is the study of consumption central to how we understand how the media works? Examining sociological issues surrounding media and consumption

948 words - 4 pages "Why is the study of consumption central to how we understandhow the media works?"The study of consumption is essential to understanding how the media works because all media are consumed in a particular way. Therefore, understanding how and why different media are consumed is essential in learning why different types of media are successful or not.In order to understand consumerism we first of all need to understand the consumer. Unlike the

How have politics become linked with music in the 20th Century? Answer with reference to Giya Kancheli's "Mourned by the Wind" and other relevant pieces of music

1836 words - 7 pages had had over the Union's composers and the talent that had been hidden for so long - but also the amazing music the war had inspired and helped create. Part himself has also become tired of the Soviet system and recently moved with his wife and children to Israel. He has grown to become known as the world's finest living composer. Part's work was particularly influenced by the Soviet regime, although they were not happy with his music in the

The Journal Of Drug Issues

1082 words - 5 pages DISCLAIMERThe following paper has been written and formatted to provide you assistance as a guide. Any part of the content used against the rules will be penalized as plagiarism.The Journal of Drug Issues[Student's Full Name][University's Name][Instructor's Name][Course Title]AbstractDrug Abuse is generally defined as the use of a drug with such frequency that the user has physical or mental harm or it impairs social abilities. The substances

The troubles of evaluating

555 words - 2 pages When we are trying to evaluate art, how do we know it is good or not? We usually fit our personal feelings to the good or bad decision. If the drawing is in my taste, I say it is good. If it is not my taste, I dislike it and give it a negative comment. Everyone's thinking is different. Thus we may receive hundred or thousand different kinds of opinion toward one event or object. It is important for us to know that every opinion is independent

Explain how Andrew Marvell uses allegory and/or classical allusion to direct the reader's response to history in one or more of his civil war poems'

1322 words - 5 pages how this influenced his literary work. T.S. Eliot in his essay Andrew Marvell states that:Marvell, therefore, more a man of the century than a Puritan, speaks more clearly and unequivocally with the voice of the literary age than does Milton. (p.20).Marvell does use a strong voice in that he uses allegory and classical allusion to great effect in the poem. The references I have previously mentioned show that he has a message to relay and does

Corn and Politics- The Numerous Benefits and Uses of Corn

1020 words - 4 pages A good percentage of the food in the supermarket is linked to a specific kind of plant. This vegetable, which has many uses, is corn. Since the beginning of the United States, corn has taken an important role in the development in the nation, meaning that without corn this nation would not be the same. When the Europeans came here, there were no real resources that they could exploit for the benefit of their survival. But then one can ask the

Privacy issues related to government uses of satellite Echelon

2114 words - 8 pages " (Verton).The United States and other countries started using satellites in 1960. These first satellites simply "reflected radio signals back to earth"(Infoplease). Over the years through advancing technology, they became more complex, offering many other uses. Satellites are used for military reconnaissance, taking satellite photos to predict the economic structure of a country (by looking at its crops), cable television, detection of nuclear

Constructivism: Social Theory of International Politics by Alexander Wendt

1896 words - 8 pages Constructivism Alexander Wendt in his work entitled Social Theory of International Politics (1999) explain the basic propositions of constructivism, arguing that “structures of human association are determined primarily by shared ideas rather than material forces; thus, identities and interests of purposive actors are constructed by these shared ideas rather than given by nature” (Palan, 2000, p. 576). As such, these shared ideas construct

After explaining the consistency theory, give a specific example of how you would use this theory to persuade someone not to use social media

612 words - 3 pages Research studies identified two theories that help explain the consistency theory. First, let’s look at what defines consistency. Researchers found individuals feel good when the environment and attitude of others match their anticipated beliefs and assumptions (Larson, C., 2013, p. 218). This alliance defines the type of consistency that exists when individuals know what to expect from interpersonal relationships and circumstances that

How To Become Famous

1176 words - 5 pages Hung, sung on American Idol and became infamous. People actually rush out to see him perform even though he cannot sing very well. Making a statement really works in the world of fame. If you are incredibly bad at something, then you could get infamous because of it. An example of this, is how some obese women have become models. These women became infamous overnight just because they were over weight. However, it is important to remember that

Ways To Fight The Drug War

746 words - 3 pages Drug use has risen sharply in the United States in the past 40 years, with an estimated 23.6 million teenagers using illegal drugs within the past year. Preventing drug use has been a major issue in the area of politics, schools, or within families. Drug abuse occurs whenever the use of a drug causes physical or mental harm to the user. So far, society has been abusing drugs since the later nineteenth century, a time when the sale, purchase

Similar Essays

"My Son's Story" By Nadine Gordimer: Themes And Issues In The Novel (When Private "Affairs" Become Public)

2276 words - 9 pages race, our class and, not least, our educational attainment. One more leader, a larger-than-life figure, is found to have clay feet - by his son, who has occasions aplenty to witness the human consequences of such a disparity between a public and a private person. To the end, Will won't let up - his sharp, unsentimental vision contrasts tellingly with the lofty aspirations of the others. Even Aila gets drawn into revolutionary politics and

Social Problems Of The Troubles In Ireland

2263 words - 9 pages Social Problems of the Troubles in Ireland For about 150 years Ireland and neighboring countries have struggled with social controversy and segregation that has consumed society and its views, which have been labeled as the “Troubles”. Ireland has struggled to become peaceful and accept the ties it has to the United Kingdom. In every country there is hate, wars, and events that cause the population to raise up arms and try to get their points

Mail Troubles Of The Civil War

1441 words - 6 pages partially blank paper could be pressed into and envelope” (Adversity Covers). As we saw with Phifer’s diary many of the pages are small parts to whole papers. With the lack for supplies, soldier’s had to conserve or reuse and materials they had. Prisoners of war were also involved in the mailing issues. “Prisoners were allowed to exchange mail through flag-of-truce ships” (Soldiers’ Mail). Their mail was exchanged at designated points, in two envelopes

How To Become A True War Hero

820 words - 3 pages letter from rat and then it would go into what a war story should be. If I was the writer I would have given my opinion on what I believe a war story should be then I would tell the readers the story of how the man was killed fooling around with his best friend. The story also added another story into while it was jumping around with the other two. The writer has to make sure all his stories are together as one not many short stories that jump