Driving under the influence

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Title Driving under the influence
Author Homel, Ross
Book Title Encyclopedia of criminology
Editor Richard Wright & J. Mitchell Miller
Year Published 2005
Place of publication New York
Publisher Routledge
Abstract For a criminologist, drinking and driving is a particularly interesting phenomenon. Large numbers of people admit to doing it, yet it arouses emotions of a similar intensity to crimes against children. Even the terminology we use betrays the contradictions inherent in our thinking. In the U.S. the most common term is drunken driving, which suggests that the real problem is, in the words of the American sociologist Joseph Gusfield, “the killer drunk,” the grossly inebriated reprobate who recklessly disregards the welfare of others to indulge his own pleasures. In many other countries, however, the problem is construed more in terms of driving after drinking, with even the consumption of small amounts of alcohol – perhaps one or two drinks – constituting an offense if it is combined with driving. In these countries the most common term used is drinking and driving.
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Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.taylorandfrancisgroup.com/
Copyright Statement Copyright 2005 Routledge. Self-archiving of the author-manuscript version is not yet supported by this publisher. Please refer to the book link for access to the definitive, published version or contact the author for more information.
Volume 1
Chapter Number 68
Page from 428
Page to 430
ISBN 1-57958-465-9
Date Accessioned 2006-03-20
Language en_AU
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Subject PRE2009-Justice Systems and Administration
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/7351
Publication Type Book Chapter (Non-Composite)
Publication Type Code b2

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