Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Important new book: 'Children of the Drug War' (free pdf download)

'Children of the Drug War' is a unique collection of original essays that investigates the impacts of the war on drugs on children, young people and their families. With contributions from around the world, providing different perspectives and utilizing a wide range of styles and approaches including ethnographic studies, personal accounts and interviews, the book asks fundamental questions of national and international drug control systems:

  • What have been the costs to children and young people of the war on drugs?
  • Is the protection of children from drugs a solid justification for current policies?
  • What kinds of public fears and preconceptions exist in relation to drugs and the drug trade?
  • How can children and young people be placed at the forefront of drug policies?
Four thematic sections address:
  • Production and trade
  • Race, class and law enforcement
  • Families and drug policy
  • Drug use and dependence

The book is published by the International Debate Education Association (iDebate Press). It is available for purchase in hard copy from amazon.com, amazon.co.uk and other outlets.

The book has a dedicated webpage here which includes a downloadable pdf of the full book, and pdfs of each of its four sections. It can also be read online.

Steve Rolles, Transform's senior policy analyst, has written a chapter for the book titled 'After the War on Drugs: How Legal Regulation of Production and Trade Would Better Protect Children'.

The book also forms part of the new Count the Costs initiative - the introductory chapter, by the book's editor Damon Barrett, titled 'Counting the Costs of the Children’s Drug War'.

Please help  publicise this brilliant new resource by linking the site, publicising it on your social networks, and drawing attention of key policy makers, professionals and media to the book.  

1 comment:

@DamonHRI said...

Thanks Steve, for this and your excellent chapter