«Soft» and «Tough» Strategies of Social Control Drug Use


Chevtaeva N.G.

Dr. Sci. (Sociol.), Head of the Human Resources Department, Urals Institute of Administration – Branch of the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration under the President of the Russian Federation, Yekaterinburg, Russia. natalya.chevtaeva@ui.ranepa.ru

Kachanova E.A.

Dr. Sci. (Econom.), Dean of the Faculty of Economy and Management, Urals Institute of Administration – Branch of the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration under the President of the Russian Federation, Yekaterinburg, Russia. elena.kachanova@ui.ranepa.ru

Nikitina A.S.

Cand. Sci. (Sociol.), associate professor of the Human Resources Department, Urals Institute of Administration – Branch of the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration under the President of the Russian Federation, Yekaterinburg, Russia. alena.nikitina@ui.ranepa.ru

DOI: 10.31857/S013216250002795-7
ID of the Article: 7431


For citation:

Chevtaeva N.G., Kachanova E.A., Nikitina A.S. «Soft» and «Tough» Strategies of Social Control Drug Use. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2018. No 11. P. 152-156




Abstract

«Soft» and «tough» social control strategies and social attitudes toward drug addicts are discussed in the article. The risks of criminalizing of drug users increase the latency of their community, hindering prevention of drug addiction. The article presents an assessment of the effectiveness of soft and tough social strategies of drug addicts in the minds of the Russian regional society – the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra (KhMAO-Ugra). Although supporters of «soft tactics» remain a minority, their share is growing, forming social support for the transition from punitive methods of counteracting drug use to the priority of social prevention and human rights protection.


Keywords
social control; drug addiction; drug use control; forced treatment; social prevention

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