Comprehending Drug Use: Ethnographic Research at the Social Margins

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Comprehending Drug Use, the first full-length critical overview of the use of ethnographic methods in drug research, synthesizes more than one hundred years of study on the human encounter with psychotropic drugs. Page and Singer create a comprehensive examination of the whole field of drug ethnography-methodology that involves access to the hidden world of drug users, the social spaces they frequent, and the larger structural forces that help construct their worlds. They explore the important intersections of ...

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Overview

Comprehending Drug Use, the first full-length critical overview of the use of ethnographic methods in drug research, synthesizes more than one hundred years of study on the human encounter with psychotropic drugs. Page and Singer create a comprehensive examination of the whole field of drug ethnography-methodology that involves access to the hidden world of drug users, the social spaces they frequent, and the larger structural forces that help construct their worlds. They explore the important intersections of drug ethnography with globalization, criminalization, public health (including the HIV/AIDS epidemic, hepatitis, and other diseases), and gender, and also provide a practice guide of the methods and career paths of ethnographers.

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"For anyone wanting to obtain a better sense of the range and diversity of historical and contemporary ethnographic research on drugs, this fine book will clearly be the one to consult"

— Geoffrey Hunt

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"Productive and imaginative anthropologists Page and Singer provide a succinct history of the century-long, rapidly expanding field of drug studies. Clear, well written, and neatly organized, this book fills a gap in the literatures of both drug studies and anthropology. Highly recommended."
Institute for Scientific Analysis - Geoffrey Hunt

"For anyone wanting to obtain a better sense of the range and diversity of historical and contemporary ethnographic research on drugs, this fine book will clearly be the one to consult."
Choice

"Productive and imaginative anthropologists Page and Singer provide a succinct history of the century-long, rapidly expanding field of drug studies. Clear, well written, and neatly organized, this book fills a gap in the literatures of both drug studies and anthropology. Highly recommended."
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  • ISBN-13: 9780813548036
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Series: Studies in Medical Anthropology Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

J. BRYAN PAGE is a professor and chair of anthropology at the University of Miami. He is a leading ethnographer studying the use of particular drugs in different cultures. The author of dozens of articles in major journals, he has also contributed many book chapters in the fields of medicine and anthropology, especially drug research.

 

MERRILL SINGER is a professor in the department of anthropology and a senior research scientist at the Center for Health, Intervention, and Prevention at the University of Connecticut. He is also affiliated with the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS at Yale University and the Global Center on Health in Central Asia at Columbia University. Having authored or edited more than twenty books and two hundred articles and book chapters, he is also the recipient of several distinguished awards.

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