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The Drugs/Violence Nexus: A Tripartite Conceptual Framework

The Drugs/Violence Nexus: A Tripartite Conceptual Framework

  1. Bajeda
    Drugs and violence are seen as being related in three possible ways: the psychopharmacological, the economically compulsive, and the systemic. Each of these models must be viewed, in a theoretical sense, as "ideal types," i.e., as hypothetically concrete ". . . devices intended to institute comparisons as precise as the stage of one's theory and the precision of one's instruments allow." (Martindale, 1959:58- 59). In fact, it will be shown below that there can be overlap between the three models. However, this overlap does not detract from the heuristic value of the tripartite conceptual framework.
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