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Jeanette Covington

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The Social Construction of the Minority Drug Problem

Jeanette Covington exposes the racialized view of substance abuse. She critiques the use of two different models to study drug abuse among white and black youth. Though substance abuse among white youth is studied on an individual level, among black youth it is explained in the context of “dysfunctional” community characteristics.

African American youth; alienation and anomie; Antarctica; cocaine and crack; criminology; drug abuse and addiction; drug policy [controlled substances]; drug users; youth

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 24, No. 4 (1997): 117-147