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Drug Effects
Khat in Biocultural and Socioeconomic Perspective

ISBN 9781598744910
Published February 1, 2012 by Routledge
263 Pages

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Book Description

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, multi-leveled analysis cuts through the traditional battle lines of the drug debate and is a model for understanding and evaluating psychotropic substances around the world.

Table of Contents

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

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Lisa L. Gezon is Professor and Chair in the Department of Anthropology, University of West Georgia.