Drugs and the World
By (author) Axel Klein
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Drugs and the World by Axel Klein
Book DescriptionThe use and misuse of psychoactive substances is one of the most widely discussed and yet least understood social processes. It is easy to condemn the use of illicit drugs, as well as alcohol and tobacco, as problems that require the services of professionals and the retribution of the state. Sight has been lost of the contributions that drugs have played in society and culture and the key role they play in ritual, religion and possibly human evolution. "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. Axel Klein traces the classification of substances to define 'drugs', and examines the links with both crime and addiction. 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. Written by an expert author with more than fifteen years experience in the field of drug use, addiction prevention and drug policy, this book will appeal to a wide audience of readers wishing to know more about the use of illicit drugs in the world today.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781861893819
(198mm x 138mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Reaktion Books
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publish Date: 25-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Axel Klein
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Completely revised and updated with new topical material, the second edition of Bioinorganic Chemistry summarizes in one comprehensive volume the current knowledge on the role of inorganic elements in biological processes and their application as biological agents.
Caribbean Drugs, Paperback (August 2004)» View all books by Axel Klein
If the Caribbean poses a significant drugs problem for the UK and US, in the islands themselves ganja, crack cocaine and the policy responses to them have triggered a veritable social disaster. This book brings together new research, insightful policy analysis and practical experience of on-the-ground interventions.
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Author Biography - Axel Klein
Axel Klein is Lecturer in Medical Anthropology at the University of Kent.
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