Leider nur in portugiesischer Sprache ist ein neues Buch, das unter anderem wieder von der emsigen  Bia Labate editiert wurde, erschienen. Das Buch wurde von der Brasilianischen Regierung gesponsort, obwohl es einen antiprohibitionistischen Umgang mit psychoaktiven Substanzen propagiert.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Part 1 – The History of the Consumption of Drugs and their Prohibition in the West

1. Eduardo Viana Vargas (Antropology – UFMG/NEIP) – “Drugs and other Socio-technological Objects: Notes on a Pharmaco-genealogy??

2. Henrique Carneiro (History – USP/NEIP) – “Autonomy and Heteronomy in Altered States of Consciousness??

3. Thiago Rodrigues (Doctor in International Relations, PUC/SP; Nu-Sol/PUC/ NEIP) – “Drug Trafficking, War and Prohibition??

4. Maria Lucia Karam (Retired Judge and Coordinator in Rio de Janeiro of IBCCrim – Brazilian Institute of Criminal Sciences) – “The Law 11.343/06 and the Repeated Harms of Prohibitionism??

Part 2 – The Use of Drugs as a Cultural Phenomenon

5. “The Question of ‘Drugs’ Today: An Interview with Gilberto Velho?? by Maurício Fiore

6. Maurício Fiore (PhD Candidate in Social Sciences, Unicamp/CEBRAP/NEIP) – “Pleasure and Risk: A Discussion about Medical Knowledge of the Use of ‘Drugs’??

7. Stelio Marras – (PhD Candidate in Social Anthropology – USP/NEIP) – “From the Natural to the Social: The Controversial Agency of Drugs”

Part 3 – The Use of Drugs: Cultural Diversity in Perspective

8. Norberto Guarinello (History – USP) – “Wine: A Mediterranian Drug??

9. Laércio Fidelis Dias (Doctor in Social Anthropology – USP/NEIP) – “Socio-cultural Aspects of the Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages among the Uaçá Indigenous Groups??

10. Renato Sztutman (Anthropology – USP/NEIP) – “Caium: Substance and Effect??

11. Sandra Goulart (Doctor in Social Sciences, Unicamp/NEIP) – “The Stigmas of the Ayahuasca Cults??

12. Edward MacRae (Anthropology-UFBA/CETAD/NEIP) – “The Development of the Brazilian Public Policies on the Religious Use of Ayahuasca??

13. Edilene Coffaci de Lima (Anthropology – UFPR) and Beatriz Caiuby Labate (PhD Candidate in Social Antropology – Unicamp/NEIP) – “The Urban Expansion of Kampo (Phyllomedusa bicolor): Ethnographic Notes??

14. Alexandre Camera Varella (Masters in History – USP/NEIP) – “Y que no Sea Borracho ni Coquero: Psychoactive Substances and the Andean World in Guaman Poma??

15. Anthony Henman (Masters in Anthropology, Writer and Independent Researcher with the Fundación Plantas Maestras – Lima/NEIP) – “Human Ethics and Plant Wisdom??

16. Maria Isabel Mendes de Almeida (Sociology and Political Science-PUC-RJ/ Coordinator CESAP/UCAM) and Fernanda Eugenio (Doctor in Social Anthropology MN/UFRJ/Researcher with CESAP/UCAM) – “Existential Landscapes and Pragmatic Alchemy: A Comparative Reflection on the Recourse to Drugs in the Context of the Counterculture and the Contemporary Electronic Music Scenes??

17. Tiago Coutinho Cavalcante (PhD Candidate in Social Anthropology-UFRJ/NEIP) – “The Use of the Body in Electronic Music Festivals??
Summary:

There is an excess of topics related to the theme of “drugs?? that are not related with the Dionysian or with any notion of “abuse?? or overdose. They deal with an abundance of clichés, prejudices, moralism, and fixed ideas. Few topics nowadays touch upon as many taboos and prohibitions as that of psychoactive drugs. This rule of thumb does not apply to all psychoactive drugs however. Rather, it generally concerns those prohibited by law or condemned by the dominant morality, by conventional psychology, and by medicine. An enormous quantity of legal drugs produced by the pharmaceutical industry lives side by side with illicit drugs that generate around themselves a powerful international war that mobilizes states and networks of traffickers who hold global influence. Traditional uses of age-old drugs simultaneously exist with new practices related to these substances. And in any case, the literature that deals with the “question of drugs?? is not accustomed to go beyond the narrow field that goes from medical works of a largely conservative nature, passes through the books of law, and ends with the often sensationalistic journalistic reports. Until recently, the social sciences formed a disciplinary space occupied by a few brave efforts to study “drugs,?? but these few efforts were surrounded by an overbearing silence. The book Drugs and Culture: New Perspectives, the result of a symposium organized by the Interdisciplinary Group for Psychoactive Studies (NEIP, www.neip.info) and that took place at the Universidade de São Paulo in 2005, represents an important push by researchers in the areas of anthropology, sociology, political sciences, law, and history to approach the topic of “drugs?? from multiple angles and who have as their common ground the staunch criticism of the prohibition of these substances. Comprising seventeen articles, besides a preface and an introduction, the volume is organized into three parts: “The history of drug consumption and prohibition in the West,?? with four articles that reflect on the history and logic of the current day prohibitionist regime; “The use of drugs as a cultural phenomenon,?? with three articles that examine the role of interdisciplinarity in the analysis of psychoactive substances; and “The use of drugs: cultural diversity in perspective,?? which covers the majority of the texts in the collection and approaches the topic of drugs from the perspectives of different fields such as anthropology, ethnology and history. The work offers an ample spectrum of approaches that constructs points of convergence and dialogue, and which creates zones of tension that are evident in the lack of consensus and composure that is common when dealing with a question like that at hand. This book serves as a reference for those who do not align themselves with what has already been published about “drugs?? and who feel enough discomfort to be propelled to seek out other angles, viewpoints, and ideas on the topic. (Thiago Rodrigues) [Translated to English by Brian Anderson].

Editors: Beatriz Caiuby Labate, Sandra Goulart, Maurício Fiore, Edward MacRae and Henrique Carneiro – Researchers of NEIP (Interdisciplinary Group for Psychoactive Studies, www.neip.info).

Publisher: EDUFBA
Support: Brazilian Ministry of Culture (MinC) and Research Support Foundation of the State of São Paulo
Price: R$ 40.00 (Brazilian Reais + shipping fee)

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