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The Dr. Erich S. Goode Collection

Dr. Erich S. Goode, Professor of Sociology at SUNY Stony Brook

Between Politics and Reason: The Drug Legalization Debate

Complete-text book appears in The Schaffer Library at the request of the author. Contemporary Social Issues Series, 1997 St. Martin's Press, New York.

Drugs In American Society

Three chapters from the first edition of this important book are available:
Chapter 1: A Sociological Perspective on Drugs and Drug Use
Chapter 7: Drugs and the Law
Appendix: Does Marijuana Lead to Dangerous Drugs?

The Marijuana Smokers

"This timely and dispassionate book—based on a survey of 200 marijuana users and on thousands of man-hours spent in direct observation—portrays the marijuana phenomenon as it actually is. Dr. Goode convincingly shows how misconceptions and widespread fears over the morals and life styles of drug users have hindered an enlightened understanding of the use and effects of marijuana." Published in 1970, this book has withstood the test of time and remains one of the most important works on the subject. The complete text is available here by permission of the author.

Moral Panics: The Social Construction of Deviance

Chapter 12 is available in The Schaffer Library:
The American Drug Panic of the 1980s
1994 by Erich Goode & Nachman Ben-Yehuda, published by Blackwell.