Editor: Editora da Universidade Federal da Bahia (Edufba)
Support: Brazilian Ministry of Culture (MinC) and the Foundation for the Support of Research of the State of São Paulo (Fapesp)
Collaborator: Interdisciplinary Group for Psychoactive Studies (NEIP)
ISBN: 978-85-232-0504-1
Format: 440 p., illustrated
Price: R$ 40.00 (Brazilian Reais)

The consumption of psychoactive substances is a recurrent phenomenon found in numerous human societies, and the ways by which the different modes of consumption are conceived of and experienced varies historically and culturally. It was because of this fact that the book Drugs and Culture: New Perspectives was created. The collection expresses an appreciation for the role that the social sciences play in reflections on the topic of drugs and, in parallel, seeks to relate this analysis to an extensive body of debates and discussions. It is argued that the topic of drugs should be approached from a multidisciplinary perspective that takes into consideration not only a substance’s pharmacological and psychological, but also its socio-cultural, aspects.

About the Editors:

Beatriz Caiuby Labate is a Ph.D. candidate in Social Anthropology at Unicamp, founder of the Instituto Alto das Estrelas and a researcher in NEIP.

Sandra Lúcia Goulart is an Assistant Professor at the Faculdade Cásper Líbero and a researcher in NEIP.

Maurício Fiore is a Ph.D. candidate in Social Sciences at Unicamp and a research in NEIP.

Edward MacRae is a Profesor in the Departament of Anthropology and Ethnology at UFBa, a researcher in NEIP, the Centro de Estudos e Terapia do Abuso de Drogas (CETAD) and the Grupo Interdisciplinar de Estudos de Substâncias Psicoativas (GIESP).

Henrique Carneiro is a Professor in the Departament of Hisotry at USP and a researcher in NEIP.

Excerpt from the Preface:
“Drugs are not mere compounds with determined pharmacological properties that can be in essence definitely classified as good or bad. Their existence and their uses involve complex questions of freedom and discipline, suffering and pleasure, devotion and adventure, transcendence and knowledge, sociability and criminality, morality and violence, commerce and war.

Júlio Assis Simões
Profesor in the Departament of Anthropology at USP and a researcher in NEIP.

From the Presentation:

“This book calls for a more attentive reflection on the diverse uses of drugs in different populations. This diversity of uses and modes of consumption is a mirror of our own cultural diversity. Our scientists and our legislators should, in some way, take into consideration the cultural dimension of drugs in order to shape more efficient and more adequate policies for today’s world.”

Gilberto Gil (Minister of Culture) and Juca Ferreira (Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Culture)

Book Launch:

August 16, at 5:30PM, in the Literary Café of the Associação Brasileira de Editores Universitários (ABEU) during the 20ª Bienal do Livro de São Paulo – 2008, in São Paulo, (SP), that will take place in the Parque do Anhembi, on the Av. Olavo Fontoura, 1209, Santana, from 14 to 24 of August, from 10:00AM to 10:00PM. Tel (11) 2226–3200.

Tickets can be purchased at the location. Price:
General public: R$ 10,00
Students: R$ 5,00 (with ID)
Elderly: 60 to 64 years R$ 5,00 (with ID)
12 and under, senior citizens (+65) and the disabled: Free

For more information: EDUFBA
tel/Fax: (71) 3263-6164
e-mail: [email protected]

(Translated to English by Brian Anderson).

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