Reading and Lecture Notes - Goldberg

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Social Problems SOCY 2031 Spring 2010 Reading and Lecture Notes: Goldberg Taking Sides Drug Laws Kleber and Califano, excerpt from “Legalization: Panacea or Pandora's Box?” Yes argument for Issue 1 “Should Laws Against Drug Use Remain Restrictive,” in Taking Sides Drugs and Society 9th ed. edited by Goldberg. Gorman, excerpt from "Veteran Cops Against the Drug War," No argument for Issue 1 “Should Laws Against Drug Use Remain Restrictive,” in Taking Sid es Drugs and Society 9th ed. edited by Goldberg. The Taking Sides series of books from McGraw-Hill pairs articles the editors feel are representative of opposing viewpoints on various social issues giving readers the opportunity to compare and contrast ideas, arguments and evidence from both sides. This particular pairing is useful to us as an example of the moral, legal and material conflict that envelopes public and policy debate about social problems. The status of marijuana in U.S. society is unstable and changing with wide variation in legal statutes, moral positions, meanings, behaviors and interactions - varying (as an illustration of possibilities only) from legal, moral, health-giving, ordinary and beneficial to illegal, immoral, dangerous, extraordinary and ruinous. It is useful to consider the specifics in this reading but the larger picture of contest and conflict in society regarding beliefs and behaviors and the meanings we give them is far more useful. When reviewing your notes for this reading think about the implications of particular outcomes in the process of identifying something as a social problem and determining its causes, consequences and solutions. Ask yourself this question: what is the meaning of a passing joke about the sudden proliferation of dispensaries in Boulder County? Is the joke (for example) an appropriate form of expression that allows one to publicly state that the dispensaries are unethical and illegitimate distributors of a drug to recreational users or is the joke an inappropriate statement making fun of people with health problems and a cruel labeling of a medicine and the people that use that medicine as
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This note was uploaded on 02/28/2010 for the course SOCY SOCY - 203 taught by Professor Brianhawkins during the Spring '10 term at University of Colombo.

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