Draus and Carlson

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Draus and Carlson “Down on Main Street: Drugs and the Small-Town Vortex” Drug use as a form of social deviance. Associations of drugs and social and physical space? What are popular conceptions of where drugs are used and abused? E.g., Crack cocaine What is “imagined geography” of rural America? Small town America --Idealized (which obscures social marginality in rural areas, ignores Economic context –collapse of rural industry and deepening rural poverty) What assumptions do we have about nature of relationships and social networks in rural and urban America? Urban- Physically proximate but socially distant Rural- Physically distant but socially close (closeness of relations, homogeneity of social values) Rural –assume high degree of reciprocity and network interconnection (SOCIAL CAPITAL) High Social Capital: bridging (weak ties) and bonding (dense ties) thought to have a moderating effect on addiction and poverty. Low social capital correlates with high crime levels, high risk health behaviors, health
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Unformatted text preview: status, mental distress, violence, mortality (Inverse) Small town thought to have high social capital (rurality thought to be protective factor against drug use) Space shape social networks (drug using networks, neighborhood networks, family networks, high school networks, work networks) OVERLAPS What happens when we are locked into our social networks? _____________________________________________________________________ Wrong side of the tracks RURBAN Sense of place 1. Vortex, Hole and Web (gravitational pull) 2. Overlapping social network (work, school, neighborhood) 3. Boredomthere is nothing to do here (chronic condition of modern life) 4. Drug availability 5. Lack of social supports (services) Drug use, irregular employment, incarceration cycle (anomie) Paradoxical social networks: provide source of identity but confine individual...
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This note was uploaded on 09/23/2011 for the course SOCI 101 taught by Professor Rosenblaum during the Fall '08 term at George Mason.

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