ERIC Number: ED308132
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Drugs in Latin America. Studies in Third World Societies, Publication Number Thirty-seven.
Morales, Edmundo, Ed.
The eight papers presented in this document discuss the link between substance and human life in Latin America and help readers uncover some of the myths surrounding drugs, especially cocaine. Contributions range from extensive research to field work and observation. Enrique Mayer demonstrates that the coca leaf is a vital Andean cultural element whose use and economic role will not be easily replaced or substituted. Myrna Cintron traces the historical roots of the cocaine problem, arguing that the current crisis is part of a periodic cycle that has seen cocaine change from recreational use to an economic commodity. Ray Henkel describes and analyzes the development of the coca industry and the impact it has had on Bolivia. Harry Sanabria presents research on out-migration from a high altitude peasant community in Bolivia and social differentiation based on coca agriculture. Luis Loyola explores the historical functions that alcohol consumption has had in peasant and Indian communities in Chiapas, Mexico, and provides an ethnographic account of the drinking pattern in Tenejapa, Chiapas. Raul Jeri's work on coca paste and Peruvian cocaine addiction shows that patients who present neuro-psychological disorders prior to cocaine exposure develop faster physical and psychological dependence. Rosa del Olmo examines the plight of women trapped in the highly rewarding underground economy. Edmundo Morales' paper on coca paste and crack explores the overall pervasive use of cocaine, its mechanisms, and the dynamics of manufacturing and marketing. Reference lists follow each paper. (GEA)
Publication Type: Books; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. Dept. of Anthropology.
Identifiers - Location: Bolivia; Mexico; Peru; South America