Jennifer Murphy's Illness or Deviance?: Drug Courts, Drug Treatment, and the PDF

By Jennifer Murphy

Is drug dependancy a affliction that may be handled, or is it against the law that are meant to be punished? In her probing learn, Illness or Deviance?, Jennifer Murphy investigates a few of the views on habit, and the way society has myriad methods of dealing with it—incarcerating a few drug clients whereas placing others in treatment.

Illness or Deviance? highlights the confusion and contradictions approximately labeling dependancy. Murphy’s fieldwork in a drug court docket and an outpatient drug therapy facility yields attention-grabbing insights, reminiscent of how courts and remedy facilities either implement the “disease” label of dependancy, but their administration strategies overlap remedy with “therapeutic punishment.” The “addict" label is a end result not only of utilizing medicinal drugs, but in addition of being part of the drug way of life, through promoting medicines. furthermore, Murphy observes that drug courts and remedy amenities profit economically from their cooperation, making a very robust institutional arrangement.

Murphy contextualizes her findings inside of theories of scientific sociology in addition to criminology to spot the coverage implications of a medicalized view of addiction.

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