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Drugs and the World

Klein, Axel (2008) Drugs and the World. Reaktion Books, London, 221 pp. ISBN 978-1-86189-381-9. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:24435)

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Abstract

The use and misuse of psychoactive substances is one of the most widely discussed and yet least understood social processes.

Drugs and the World restores the constructive aspect of drug use to the discussion, and reviews the policies and interventions that make up the contemporary web of drug controls.

He investigates the arguments made concerning the role of drugs, first in human evolution and then in history, to underscore their importance in the development of trade and nation states. Drawing on research from around the world, this book illustrates how global efforts to suppress drugs have had little impact on drug use, but have instead eroded institutions of the state, corrupted law enforcement and courts, and undermined the democratic process. Providing new material from the Caribbean, West Africa and the Caucasus to illustrate the bizarre consequences of an internationally devised drug-control programme, Drugs and the World moves to discussing the contribution of drugs to contemporary society, and ways of regulating their use and distribution.

Axel Klein is Lecturer in Medical Anthropology at the University of Kent.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV5800 Drug habits and abuse
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Tony Rees
Date Deposited: 14 May 2010 08:42 UTC
Last Modified: 28 May 2019 15:26 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/24435 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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