By Professor J. Bryan Page, Professor Merrill Singer
Comprehending Drug Use, the 1st full-length serious review of using ethnographic tools in drug study, synthesizes multiple hundred years of analysis at the human come across with psychotropic medications. J. Bryan web page and Merrill Singer create a entire exam of the total box of drug ethnography-methodology that contains entry to the hidden international of drug clients, the social areas they common, and the bigger structural forces that support build their worlds. They discover the real intersections of drug ethnography with globalization, criminalization, public future health (including the HIV/AIDS epidemic, hepatitis, and different diseases), and gender, and likewise supply a pragmatic advisor of the equipment and profession paths of ethnographers. (20091120)
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Finally, the early work of anthropologist Robert Lowie focused on the Crow Indians, a tribal group that had an elaborate cultural complex surrounding the use and veneration of tobacco. Together, these researchers, all of whom were trained professional social or biological scientists, laid the foundation for modern drug ethnography. Weston La Barre: Research and Application In 1935, La Barre began research on peyote use among the Kiowa for his doctoral dissertation. Over the next year, he conducted field observations of ritual peyote consumption with 15 different Native American tribes.
Several factors contributed to rising rates of drug use and addiction in this population. S. history. In cities such as Chicago—which has been called the most segregated city in America—African Americans encountered racism, social isolation, family disruption, broad-based discrimination, and urban poverty (which experientially was considerably more oppressive than the rural poverty most had previously known in the South). During Prohibition, African American neighborhoods “became the place where whites practiced their vices” (James and Johnson 1996, 16).
1969, 135) Engels saw in the drug and alcohol use among the urban working class, a population which, given their situation, he believed to be understandably in need of “forgetting for an hour or two the wretchedness and burden of life,” a means of coping with oppression (1969, 133). Their living and working conditions were an example of what he pointedly termed “social murder,” a term intended to COMPREHENDING DRUG USE 34 convey a meaning similar to the contemporary use of “structural violence” in the health social sciences.