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NCJ Number: 127356 Find in a Library
Title: Coca and Cocaine: Their Role in "Traditional" Cultures in South America
Journal: Journal of Drug Issues  Volume:20  Issue:4  Dated:(Fall 1990)  Pages:577-588
Author(s): A R Henman
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 12
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines alternatives to the War on Drugs through a comparative analysis of attitudes toward coca and cocaine in South America. Two regions of traditional coca use and cultivation, northwest Amazonas State in Brazil and the Department of Cusco in Peru, are compared to highlight the differences between Peruvian and Brazilian attitudes toward coca and ethnic identity.
Abstract: Formulations based on a rigid dichotomy between "good" coca and "bad" cocaine are shown to confuse morality with purely practical considerations. Rather than a simple distinction between substances, the experience of indigenous drug users in South America points toward greater understanding of the importance of cultural values in controlling any kind of drug consumption and recognition of the long-term effectiveness of "user-friendly" strategies of prevention. 14 references (Author abstract)
Main Term(s): Cocaine; Cultural influences
Index Term(s): Drug abuse; Informal social control; South America
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