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.

Natures, Cultures and Bodies of Cannabis

Natures, Cultures and Bodies of Cannabis

Natures, cultures and bodies of cannabis
Cameron Duff


It is customary to regard cannabis as a particular kind of object or thing: a drug. With its familiar organic materiality, cannabis is treated as a singular substance, routinely manipulated in its preparations for consumption, although maintaining a consistent identity throughout these preparations. Regardless of how it may be consumed, whether smoked in a pipe, rolled into a joint, cooked and eaten, or taken in a tincture, cannabis is understood to describe a stable, knowable entity. Something, indeed, in the ontology of the drug is understood to remain constant throughout its varied iterations. Drawing from the Actor-Network-Theory (ANT) of John Law and Bruno Latour, this chapter departs from ‘common-sense’ accounts of the ...

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