Comprehending Drug Use: Ethnographic research at the social margins

J. Bryanpage, Merrill Singer

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Comprehending Drug Use, the first full-length critical overview of the use of ethnographic methods in drug research, synthesizes more than one hundred years of study on the human encounter with psychotropic drugs. It provides an examination of the field of drug ethnography-methodology that involves access to the hidden world of drug users, the social spaces they frequent, and the larger structural forces that help construct their worlds; explores intersections of drug ethnography with globalization, criminalization, public health (including the HIV/AIDS epidemic, hepatitis, and other diseases), and gender; and provides a guide of the methods and career paths of ethnographers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherRutgers University Press
Number of pages227
ISBN (Print)9780813548036
StatePublished - 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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