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Gezon, Lisa L
Drug effects : khat in biocultural and socioeconomic perspective / Lisa L. Gezon
Alternate Title Khat in biocultural and socioeconomic perspective
Walnut Creek, Ca. : Left Coast Press, c2012
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 3rd Floor  HV5822.Q3 G49 2012    DUE 04-15-14 BILLED
Subject(s) Khat -- Social aspects
Khat -- Economic aspects
Khat -- Political aspects
Psychotropic drugs -- Social aspects
Psychotropic drugs -- Economic aspects
Psychotropic drugs -- Political aspects
Physical Description 263 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 225-252) and index
Summary "Khat, marijuana, peyote--are these dangerous drugs or vilified plants with rich cultural and medical values? In this book, Lisa Gezon brings the drug debate into the 21st century, proposing criteria for evaluating psychotropic substances. Focusing on khat, whose bushy leaves are an increasingly popular stimulant and the target of vehement anti-drug campaigns, she explores biocultural and socioeconomic contexts on local, national, and global levels. Gezon provides a multidisciplinary examination of the plant's direct physical and psychological effects, as well as indirect social and structural effects on income and labor productivity, identity, gendered relationships, global drug discourses, and food security. This sophisticated, multileveled analysis cuts through the traditional battle lines of the drug debate and is a model for understanding and evaluating psychotropic substances around the world"-- Provided by publisher
Note Machine generated contents note: 1: Introduction Part I: Consumption, Identity, and Health 2: Patterns of Consumption 3: Leaf of Paradise or Scourge?: Drug Effects, Health and Legalization Part II: Indirect Effects: Production and Trade 4: Growing and Selling Khat 5: Implications for Food Security and Conservation 6: Intimate Livelihoods: Gender and Survival on the Margins Part III: The Silence of Green Gold: Drug Effects in Economies on the Margins 7: Khat on the Global Margins: Wars on Drugs, State Silence, and Alternative Development Drugs on the Global Margins 8: Tying It Together References Index About the Author
Series Advances in critical medical anthropology ; v. 3

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