First edition of this oddly scarce study of the role of marijuana use in the lives of working men in three Jamaican communities.
Near fine in near fine jacket.
"When smokers were questioned individually as to which men were hypothetically closer friends - men who smoke ganja together or men who drink rum together - they unfailingly selected the smokers....The result is a peer-oriented activity that reinforces the feelings of brotherhood within the working class."
Dreher's doctoral dissertation, a study of the culturally mediated effects of cannabis usage in urban and rural Jamaica. The author, a field anthropologist, began her research in this area in the 1970s with the encouragement of her colleagues: "I had already spent one summer in Jamaica studying obeah, a kind of black magic, and my professor...felt that if I could study an illegal and underground practice like obeah then I could probably get information on ganja use." Her field work for this book was conducted as part of the Jamaican Ganja Project, funded by the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse; her ability to obtain government funding for subsequent proposals was somewhat hampered by the War on Drugs and associated attitudes as the '80s and '90s wore on. Nevertheless, Dreher – also a trained nurse, health administrator and pioneering researcher on the effects of cannabis in pregnant women – continued without regard to the political utility of her studies, and remains highly respected for her decades of work in marijuana research.
Read more: Brady, "Doctor Melanie Dreher – Reefer Reearcher," in Cannabis Culture 55.
Philadelphia: Institute for the Study of Human Issues, (1982). 9'' x 6''. Original bright green cloth with gilt-lettered spine. In original green photographic dust jacket. Illustrated with black and white photographs. xvi, 216 pages. Minor scuffing and tiny chipping to jacket extremities; spine sunned.
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