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The Globalization of Addiction


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Part I - Roots of Addiction in Free-market Society 1: Vancouver as prototype 2: Addiction1, Addiction2, Addiction3, Addiction4 3: The dislocation theory of addiction 4: Psychosocial integration is a necessity 5: Free-market society undermines psychosocial integration 6: Addiction is a way of adapting to dislocation (1) - historical evidence 7: Addiction is a way of adapting to dislocation (2) - quantitative research, clinical reports and 'spam' 8: Addiction is a way of adapting to dislocation (3) - the myth of the demon drugs Part II - The Interaction of Addiction and Society 9: Addiction and society 10: The role of addiction in the civilised madness of the 21st century 11: Getting by 12: Spiritual treatment for addiction: the 'fifth pillar' 13: Socrates' 'Master passions' and Dikaiosune 14: From blindness and paralysis to action 15: Social actions to control addiction: question period

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Bruce Alexander is a psychologist and Professor Emeritus at Simon Fraser University, where he has worked since 1970. His primary research interest has been the psychology of addiction. He is best known in the UK for the "Rat Park" experiments, which helped to demonstrate the falsity of the outworn belief that simple exposure to narcotic drugs can cause addiction. In Canada, he has been well known as a critic of the War on Drugs for decades. His most recent work has been on the causes of the current worldwide proliferation of addiction, not only to drugs, but to a great variety of other habits and pursuits. Exploring this topic has required that he venture far beyond his training in psychology, particularly into the fields of history and anthropology.


`...a considerable work, highly ambitious in its scope, impressive in its multidisciplinary scholarship, clear in its structure and generous in its references...a fundamental critique of the 20th century view of addiction.' nth position online |d Jan 09

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