Meth Wars: Police, Media, Power (Alternative Criminology) by Travis Linnemann

By Travis Linnemann

How the battle on medicines is maintained via racism,authority and public opinion. 
From the hit tv sequence Breaking Bad, to day-by-day information experiences, anti-drug advertisements campaigns and  hugely publicized world-wide hunts for “narcoterrorists” equivalent to Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the drug, methamphetamine occupies a different and critical area within the public’s imagination.  In Meth Wars, Travis Linnemann situates the "meth epidemic" in the broader tradition and politics of drug regulate and mass incarceration.

Linnemann attracts jointly more than a few examples and important interdisciplinary scholarship to teach how methamphetamine, and the drug struggle extra commonly, are a part of a bigger governing method that animates the politics of worry and lack of confidence and hyperlinks probably unrelated issues comparable to environmental risks, the politics of immigration and nationwide protection, policing strategies, and terrorism.  The author’s particular research provides a compelling case for a way the intended “meth epidemic” permits politicians, small city police and govt counter-narcotics brokers to have interaction in a novel policing venture in provider to the wider fiscal and geostrategic pursuits of the U.S..

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Meth Wars: Police, Media, Power (Alternative Criminology)

How the battle on medicinal drugs is maintained via racism,authority and public opinion. From the hit tv sequence Breaking undesirable, to day-by-day information studies, anti-drug ads campaigns and  hugely publicized world-wide hunts for “narcoterrorists” similar to Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the drug, methamphetamine occupies a special and critical house within the public’s mind's eye.

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From the late 1980s until the mid-1990s, what Jenkins has dubbed the “ice age,” a variety of politicians and journalists pushed the crystal meth issue despite the lack of a significant change in either production or consumption in the United States, outside of Hawaii and some parts of California. 26 Jenkins’s predictions in 1994 proved true in the coming decade, as politicians like George W. Bush and New York senator Charles Schumer began to sound familiar warnings. As Schumer once claimed, “It’s 1984 all over again.

Many thanks to Bill McClanahan for his willingness to read and comment on drafts and for important contributions to my understanding of rural culture. I thank my good friends Don Kurtz and Laura Hanson for their contributions to the book and for years of humor and friendship. A special thanks is due Tyler Wall, whose contributions here are crucial and many. Lastly, I would like to thank Judy Linnemann, and Jessica Jones, for their unwavering love and support and for listening patiently as I have droned on about this project for years.

For Garriott, the narcopolitics of methamphetamine control are not concerned with crime or law but with the potential threats the drug is thought to represent. The shift to threats, risk, or “precrime” is a significant perversion of the criminal law as he sees it. 36 In the United Kingdom, the criminologists Tammy Ayers and Yvonne Jewkes have documented claims of a coming “meth epidemic” that are nearly identical to those in the United States. 05 percent of people surveyed having used the drug in the past year.

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