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HIST W4588: Communities of Color and Histories of Substance Abuse Politics, Research, and Treatment | S. Roberts

Through a series of secondary- and primary-source readings and research writing assignments, students in this seminar course will explore one of the most controversial aspects of African-American public health history. Readings are primarily historical, but sociologists, anthropologists, and political scientists are also represented on the syllabus. With examinations also of alcohol, cocaine, and opium, the principal temporal focus of the course ranges from heroin since its emergence in the 1950s through the era of crack cocaine. Topics of discussion include print and visual media representations; drug policy and the carceral state; the war on drugs and the expansion of the population of women in carceral institutions; methadone maintenance; histories of harm reduction, domestic and international; and urban politics.  See syllabus

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