Functionalist And Interactionist Views On The "War On Drugs"

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First coined in June of 1971 by President Richard Nixon, the “War on Drugs” has actually been ongoing for over a century. Americans still, however, continue to use illicit/illegal drugs with no end in sight. Why is illegal drug use still such a widespread issue in American society despite government attempts to outlaw and punish drug users? Let us explore what reasons interactionist and functionalist theorists would give for the continued use of illegal drugs in our society.
In American society, illegal drug use is considered a deviance. A deviance is any behavior, belief, or condition that violates significant social norms in the society or group in which it occurs (Kendall, 185). So to ...view middle of the document...

Three out of five subjects also expressed that they were concerned, to an extent, that they would no longer have common ground within their social groups and would experience isolation if they no longer did drugs with those friends, or that they would no longer be considered “interesting”. An interactionist theorist could also argue that the concept of labeling theory could apply here. Labeling theory states that people accept labels placed upon them by society and act accordingly upon them. The stages of the labeling theory and how they apply to drug use are the initial drug use or primary deviance, the drug user becoming labelled by others as a drug user (Ex. Stoner, baser, crackhead, etc.), accepts that new identity and continues using drugs or secondary deviance, then seeks to relabel their drug use as non-deviant by justifying their drug use or tertiary deviance.
Different arguments could be made by functionalist theorists. Again, we first look at how a functionalist theorist interprets deviance in order to imagine how they would view illegal drug use. Sociologist Emile Durkheim argued that deviance provides 3 important functions for society; that deviance helps to clarify society’s rules, can lead to group solidarity, and can lead to social change. By punishing illegal drug users, society reaffirms its commitments to the laws and rules and clarifies their meaning, thus discouraging others from committing the same crimes. Another example that can be made is the...

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