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"Problematic intoxications": Conceptualizing "abuse" of illicit drugs in postwar social legislation in Finland
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs (SoRAD). (CoE)
2012 (English)In: Contemporary Drug Problems, ISSN 0091-4509, Vol. 39, no 3, 537-564 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article analyzes conceptualizations of “drug abuse” in the Finnish postwar parliamentary committees and debates that, in 1961, resulted in the first law for treatment of both alcohol and drug abuse problems. How was the abuse of narcotic drugs viewed as a new problem that merited new solutions? How was abuse of drugs regarded as similar to abuse of alcohol? And how were the conceptual problems solved in this process? The analysis is influenced by theories of conceptual history and focuses on committee reports, parliamentary debates, and postwar research. While abuse of narcotic drugs was a much smaller problem, it was conceived of as more dramatic and, through intoxication, linked to similar social problems as alcohol abuse. The focus on intoxication as a common denominator is shown in the later conceptual development in the substance abuse field in Finland : “päihdehuolto” = care of intoxicant users.

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2012. Vol. 39, no 3, 537-564 p.
Keyword [en]
Conceptual history, drug treatment, postwar period, Finland
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
History Of Sciences and Ideas; Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-83134OAI: diva2:574132
Beroendevårdens politik och begreppsliggörandets dynamik. Benämningar på problematisk drickande och drogbruk i Finland och Sverige 1911-2011
FAS, Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research, 2009-1720
Available from: 2012-12-19 Created: 2012-12-04 Last updated: 2013-01-07Bibliographically approved

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