Drug use on the street and on the beach: Cubans and Anglos in Miami, Florida.

D. Wiedman, J. B. Page

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Publicly visible drug use behavior has become common in many of Miami's public settings. Two well-known examples of these settings, at a public beach (pseudonym Portage Beach) and at a shopping center (pseudonym Cuban-town) respectively demonstrate intercultural variation between Anglo and Cuban drug using patterns. Descriptions of typical day's activities in each environment illustrate qualities of publicness which justify the comparison between these two scenes. Social institutions and values affect drug use behavior differently in the context of each group, and this leads to contrasts between Cuban and Anglo drug users in choices of psychotropic drugs and in expectations of drug effects. -Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-235
Number of pages23
JournalUrban Anthropology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1982
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Anthropology
  • Urban Studies


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