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With contributions from leading international academics across the social sciences, this accessible takes a critical look at the key contemporary issues and debates in the field. The 39 chapters are divided into three parts: Part I Central Social Science Theories Drug and Alcohol Studies Part II Pillars in Social Science Drug and Alcohol Studies Part III Controversies and New Approaches in Social Science Drug and Alcohol Studies This Handbook is an excellent reference text for the growing number of academics, students, scientists and practitioners in the drug and alcohol studies community.

Anthropological Study of Drug Use: Methodological and Theoretical Considerations
Anthropological study of drug use: methodological and theoretical considerations
John Bryan PageMerrill Singer

Among disciplinary platforms for studying drug use, anthropology occupies an advantageous position. We provide evidence supporting this notion. Examples from our own and our anthropological colleagues’ research experiences provide the bulk of that evidence. Our presentation of these experiences includes settings and circumstances of research that occurred in many different cities and several different countries. In keeping with the overall theme of a handbook, we emphasize how to go about this kind of research, avoiding dangerous situations and maximizing the value of the information obtained. We begin by placing the relationship between ethnography and the study of drug use in historic context.

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