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John Bryan Page & Merrill Singer

In: The SAGE Handbook of Drug and Alcohol Studies

Chapter 5: Anthropological Study of Drug Use: Methodological and Theoretical Considerations

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

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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