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Drugs in Africa

Histories and Ethnographies of Use, Trade, and Control

ISBN 9781137321893
Publication Date August 2014
Formats Hardcover Paperback Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Africa has very recently emerged as a focal point of the global "War on Drugs," as international drug control agencies warn of the continent's growing role as a distribution hub for cocaine and heroin, while also lamenting the prevalence of cannabis and alcohol commerce and use, especially among African youths. Both illegal drugs and legal substances such as alcohol are increasingly tied to broader economic and public health issues including unemployment, criminality, family disintegration, and HIV infection. Notwithstanding this growing alarm, there is relatively little serious scholarship addressing the issue of drugs in Africa. This cutting-edge volume is the first to address the burgeoning interest in drugs and Africa among scholars, policymakers, and the general public: no other book offers an Africa-wide analysis of the subject. It brings together an interdisciplinary group of leading academics and practitioners to explore the use, trade, production, and control of mind-altering substances on the continent, from heroin and cannabis to alcohol and khat. In particular, it examines the tension between integrative social practices and socially disruptive vices, revealing these categories to be largely arbitrary and tools of social control.

Gernot Klantschnig is an Assistant Professor in International Studies at the University of Nottingham campus in Ningbo, China. He is the author of Crime, Drugs and the State in Africa: the Nigerian Connection (2012).

Neil Carrier is a Research Fellow at the African Studies Centre, University of Oxford, UK. He has published widely on khat and psychoactive substances in East Africa, and he is the author of Kenyan Khat: The Social Life of a Stimulant (2007).
Charles Ambler is a Professor of History at the University of Texas, El Paso, USA. He is a former president of the African Studies Association of the USA and has published widely on alcohol, leisure, and the media in South and West Africa.

Introduction by Charles Ambler, Neil Carrier and Gernot Klantschnig
Chapter 1 'The Drug Empire: The Control of Drugs in Africa in Global Perspective' by Charles Ambler
Chapter 2 'The Rise of Branded Alcoholic Drinks in West Africa' by Dmitri van den Bersselaar
Chapter 3 'Histories of Cannabis Use and Control in Nigeria, 1927-1967' by Gernot Klantschnig
Chapter 4 'Alcohol Licensing Hours: Time and Temperance in Kenya' by Justin Willis
Chapter 5 'A Respectable Chew?: Highs and Lows in the History of Kenyan Khat' by Neil Carrier
Chapter 6 'The Illegal Trade in Pharmaceuticals: Historical Cases from West Africa' by Donna Patterson
Chapter 7 'Tanzanian Heroin Users and the Realities of Addiction' by Sheryl McCurdy
Chapter 8 'Out of the Shadows: Negotiations and Networks in the Cannabis Trade in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo' by Ann Laudati

Charles Ambler, Professor, University of Texas, El Paso, USA
Dmitri van den Berseelaar, Reader in African History, University of Liverpool, UK
Neil Carrier, Lecturer, Oxford, UK
Gernot Klantschnig, Associate Professor, University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China
Ann Laudati, Lecturer, University of Bristol, UK
Sheryl McCurdy, Associate Professor, University of Texas, Houston, USA
Donna Patterson, Assistant Professor, Wellesley College, USA
Justin Willis, University of Durham, UK


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