False Fixes

The Cultural Politics of Drugs, Alcohol, and Addictive Relations

By David Forbes

Subjects: Alcohol And Drug Studies
Series: SUNY series, Teacher Empowerment and School Reform
Paperback : 9780791419960, 278 pages, August 1994
Hardcover : 9780791419953, 278 pages, August 1994

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Table of contents


Part 1: Introduction

1. Addictive America

Part 2: Culture

2. Tripping through the Ruins

3. Control and Denial

4. Everyday Highs

Part 3: Prevention

5. The Self

6. School-Basing

7. (Po)Mo' Better Prevention

Part 4: Recovery

8. Adult Children/Inner Child


About the Author



This book examines recent efforts to rid society of addictions and finds them wanting. The author examines everyday addictive patterns within modernist and postmodernist cultures and provides practical suggestions in the areas of substance abuse prevention and the addiction recovery movement.

David Forbes teaches Human Services at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York and worked in a school-based drug and alcohol abuse prevention program for nine years.


"David Forbes has given us a book on drugs for the post-Reagan era. Even now there are few treatments of this subject from the point of view of its victims, the addicts. This book is an invaluable source for new social policy and widespread debate in the social sciences." — Stanley Aronowitz, Graduate Center, City University of New York

"This is an exciting, innovative, and far-reaching work, not only revealing the shortsightedness of modernist approaches to addiction, but inviting radical departures resonant with the technological era of postmodernism. Most importantly, David Forbes demonstrates the importance of meaning and relatedness in the addiction process." — Kenneth J. Gergen, Swarthmore College