Cover

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Title Page, Series Page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-viii

While it is my name alone on the cover, any work such as this is not a solitary but a collective effort. As such, any attempt to compile a full account of those who have helped along the way would invariably fall short. Perhaps, then, it is best to think of this as the first...

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Introduction: The Methamphetamine Imaginary

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pp. 1-22

February 2014: According to local news broadcasts, the Benson family of Union County, Illinois, got the “scare of their lives” when “drug agents” raided their home expecting to find a methamphetamine lab. Laura Benson described the scene and her surprise, explaining, “I heard...

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1. Walter White’s Death Wish

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pp. 23-45

In 2008, viewers became acquainted with and quickly enamored by a mild- mannered high school chemistry teacher turned methamphetamine kingpin, Walter White. In the AMC hit television series Breaking Bad, Walt is a devoted father and teacher who supplements his meager...

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2. This Is Your Race on Meth

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pp. 46-84

In late 2013, an Oklahoma woman, Anita Tate, brought her fourteen-month-old daughter to an emergency room after the child developed an unusual rash around her nose and mouth. Tests later showed that the girl was positive for methamphetamine. Arrested and charged with child...

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3. Governing through Meth

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pp. 85-115

Writing for the Washington Post in late 2014, the columnist Radley Balko reported on how the state of Nebraska was getting a “lesson that other states have already learned.” Balko drew from an Omaha World Herald article alleging that laws imposed in 2005 to control the methamphetamine...

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4. The War Out There

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pp. 116-139

The past four drug-war decades, marked by an uninterrupted parade of cultural scapegoats—graffiti writers, youth gangs, homeless “squeegee men”—have seen police at the center of vibrant imaginaries of crime, identity, and urban life. Beyond city streets, however, the crime and insecurity...

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5. Imagining Methland

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pp. 140-175

In the earliest days of this project, in order to gain some conceptual insight and grounding, I spent time with members of various criminal justice and social welfare agencies. Riding along with K- 9 officers, attending court hearings, and visiting with probation staff, social welfare...

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6. Drug War, Terror War, Street Corner, Battlefield

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pp. 176-212

Hoping to assess illegal- drug use from the perspective of local police, in late 2011, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation distributed questionnaires modeled after the DEA’s National Drug Threat Survey to the state’s municipal police and sheriff departments. When police were...

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Epilogue: Endless (Drug) War

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pp. 213-224

I would like to return to my initial premise—what if we need the drug war? This question might seem absurd and in some respects quite insulting in the face of those who have spent decades working to end the drug war and pick up the pieces left in its wake. In no way is this theoretical...

Notes

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pp. 225-244

References

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pp. 245-262

Index

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pp. 263-271

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About the Author

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p. 272

Travis Linnemann is Assistant Professor of Justice Studies at Eastern Kentucky University.