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Below is a small selection of publications available in the library. For more resources on khat and related topics, search the library catalog.
Barċā : ċāt by On various social, economic, and health implications of chewing catha edulis. in Amharic.
Call Number: HV5822.Q3 T37 2012
Publication Date: 2004 
Consuming Cultures, Global Perspectives by Globalization and consumerism are two of the buzzwords of the early twenty-first century. In Consuming Cultures, renowned scholars explore the links between modernity and consumption. The book fills a gap in contemporary thinking on the subject by approaching it from a truly global point-of-view. It draws on case studies from around the world, with Africa, Asia and Central America featuring as prominently as Western countries. A transnational perspective allows the authors to investigate the diversity of consumer cultures and the interaction between them. The authors look at the genealogy of the modern consumer and the development of consumer cultures, from the porcelain trade and consumption in Britain and China in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, to post Second World War developments in America and Japan, and the contemporary consumer politics of cosmopolitan citizenship. Challenging and pioneering, Consuming Cultures problematizes popular accounts of globalization and consumerism, decentring the West and concentrating on putting history back into these accounts.
Publication Date: 2006-06-01
Ethnic Identity and Development by This book presents data on Ugandan khat within the context of international debates on the drug, and the proposed ban in 2009. By telling of the story of khat, the book will serve as a vehicle for the analysis of social change, development priorities and shifting ethnic identities in Uganda over the last 80 years.
Publication Date: 2010-07-21
Gender, Drink and Drugs by Why do so many people feel compelled to drink alcohol or take drugs? And why do so many men drink and so many women refrain? Using ideas from social anthropology, this book attempts to provide a novel answer to these questions. The introduction surveys both gender and addiction. It points out that we cannot say what men or women are really like, in any culturally innocent sense, for gender is always, even in the realm of biology, a cultural matter. The ethnographic chapters, ranging from Ancient Rome to modern Japan, similarly suggest how any substance - from alcohol to tea to heroin - inevitably takes its meaning or reality in the cultural system in which it exists.This book will be of interest to medical anthropologists, medical sociologists, anyone with an interest in the contemporary direction of anthropology as well as those working in the fields of alcohol and addiction.
Publication Date: 1994-06-14
Hope Is Cut by How do ambitious young men grapple with an unemployment rate in urban Ethiopia hovering around fifty percent? Urban, educated, and unemployed young men have been the primary force behind the recent unrest and revolutions in North Africa and the Middle East. Daniel Mains' detailed and moving ethnographic study, a"Hope is Cut," examines young men's struggles to retain hope for the future in the midst of economic uncertainty and cultural globalization. Through a close ethnographic examination of young men's day-to-day livesa"Hope is Cut"aexplores the construction of optimism through activities like formal schooling, the consumption of international films, and the use of khat, a mild stimulant. Mains also provides a consideration of social theories concerning space, time, and capitalism. Young men here experience unemployment as a problem of timeOCothey often congregate on street corners, joking that the only change in their lives is the sun rising and setting. Mains addresses these factors and the importance of reciprocity and international migration as a means of overcoming the barriers to attaining aspirations.
Publication Date: 2011-11-04
Kenyan Khat by This book provides a richly detailed ethnography of Kenyan khat, tracing some of the many national and transnational trajectories this controversial stimulant takes from its centre of production in the Nyambene Hills to consumers in Kenya and throughout the world. The author, guided by his friend and khat connoisseur M'Mucheke, draws out the full economic, social and cultural significance of the substance, situating this significance within current debates on the legality of khat and the global rhetoric of the 'war on drugs'. The work explores how networks of Kenyan khat bring people of diverse backgrounds together in sometimes uneasy relationships, and highlights the vast cluster of meanings this remarkable commodity has accrued in its 'social life'.
Publication Date: 2007-02-26
The Khat Controversy by Khat. A harmless natural stimulant or a lethal epidemic sweeping through the international drugs trade? Khat is a natural substance that, in the Middle East, is as ubiquitous as coffee is in the West. It is hugely popular in some African and Arab populations. But critics contend that it is a seriously addictive stimulant that damages the cardiovascular system.In a groundbreaking study, the authors go behind the veil of the drug, questioning its availability and its effect on its Red Sea producers. Interwoven with case studies from Djibouti to Rome, The Khat Controversy goes deeper to explore contemporary issues relating to globalization, ethnicity and culture. With its popularity escalating in London, Rome, Toronto and Copenhagen, khat is fast becoming a problem in the West. The first study of this contested drug, The Khat Controversy provides a concise introduction to the issues surrounding khat usage and suggests how policymakers should address them.The Khat Controversy: Stimulating the Debate on Drugs has received an honorable mention for the African Studies Association's 2008 Melville J. Herskovits Award
Publication Date: 2007-05-01
Pirate Trails by Traditionally piracy has produced sentimental notions of adventure, freedom, and independence. However, piracy is a criminal act and often involves high levels of violence that can have a devastating impact on the victims. 21st Century piracy has evolved into a highly complex system involving a cast of characters, each motivated by a mix of economic and social reasons. While the focus of the international community has been on dealing with piracy through counter piracy operations that include naval, air, and military operations, this book attempts to understand the illicit financial flows from the proceeds of piracy and to espouse the cause for the detection, disruption, and confiscation of proceeds from acts of piracy.
Publication Date: 2013-11-14
Proceedings of the 1st International Congress of Somali Studies by
Publication Date: 1992-11-01
Qat in Yemen: Consumption and Social Change by
Call Number: 362.293 W425q
Publication Date: 1985
The Speed of Change by In the early 1900s the motor-vehicle (car, bus, lorry or motor-cycle) was introduced in sub-Saharan Africa. Initially the plaything and symbol of colonial domination, the motor-vehicle transformed the economic and social life of the continent. Indeed, the motor-vehicle is arguably the single most important factor for change in Africa in the twentieth century. A factor for change that thus far has been neglected in research and literature. Yet its impact extends across the totality of human existence; from ecological devastation to economic advancement, from cultural transformation to political change, through to a myriad of other themes. This edited volume of eleven contributions by historians, anthropologists and social and political scientists explores aspects of the social history and anthropology of the motor-vehicle in Africa.
Publication Date: 2009-07-31
Chemical and ethnopharmacological aspects : International Symposium on Khat (Catha edulis), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, December 15, 1984 : proceedings by Botanical aspects of "khat" Catha edulis (Celectraceae) / Sebsebe Demissew (8 p.). -- Recent progress in khat chemistry / Kalman Szendrei (20 p.). -- Analytical and chemical aspects of khat / R Brenneisen (36 p.). -- Pharmacology of khat / Peter Kalix (8 p.). -- Clinical effects of khat (Catha edulis Forsk) / Amha Mekasha (6 p.). -- Polydrug use among Ethiopian university students with particular reference to khat (Catha edulis) / Zein Ahmed Zein (7 p.).
Call Number: 362.293 I61c
Publication Date: [1984?]
Drugs and the Law by
Publication Date: 2005-01-01
The health and socio-economic aspects of Khat use by
Call Number: 362.293 I61h
Publication Date: 1983
Khat, a stimulating drug in Eastern Africa and the Arabian peninsula by Report from the Department of Sociology, University of Gothenburg
Call Number: Large 362.293 N4187k
Publication Date: 1974
Luigi Balugani's Drawings of African Plants by
Publication Date: 1991-01-01
Consuming Habits by Covering a wide range of substances, including opium, cocaine, coffee, tobacco, kola, and betelnut, from prehistory to the present day, this new edition has been extensively updated, with an updated bibliography and two new chapters on cannabis and khat. Consuming Habits is the perfect companion for all those interested in how different cultures have defined drugs across the ages. Psychoactive substances have been central to the formation of civilizations, the definition of cultural identities, and the growth of the world economy. The labelling of these substances as 'legal' or 'illegal' has diverted attention away from understanding their important cultural and historical role. This collection explores the rich analytical category of psychoactive substances from challenging historical and anthropological perspectives.
Publication Date: 2007-05-16
Drug Effects: khat in biocultural and socioeconomic perspective by Khat, marijuana, peyote--are these dangerous drugs or vilified plants with rich cultural and medical values? In this book, Lisa Gezon brings the drug debate into the 21st century, proposing criteria for evaluating psychotropic substances. Focusing on khat, whose bushy leaves are an increasingly popular stimulant and the target of vehement anti-drug campaigns, she explores biocultural and socioeconomic contexts on local, national, and global levels. Gezon provides a multidisciplinary examination of the plant's direct physical and psychological effects, as well as indirect social and structural effects on income and labor productivity, identity, gendered relationships, global drug discourses, and food security. This sophisticated, multi-leveled analysis cuts through the traditional battle lines of the drug debate and is a model for understanding and evaluating psychotropic substances around the world.
Publication Date: 2012-02-01
Eating the flowers of paradise : a journey through the drug fields of Ethiopia and Yemen by
Call Number: 916.30472 R953e
Publication Date: 1998
Global Mental Health by While there is increasing political interest in research and policy-making for global mental health, there remain major gaps in the education of students in health fields for understanding the complexities of diverse mental health conditions. Drawing on the experience of many well-known experts in this area, this book uses engaging narratives to illustrate that mental illnesses are not only problems experienced by individuals but must also be understood and treated at the social and cultural levels. The book -includes discussion of traditional versus biomedical beliefs about mental illness, the role of culture in mental illness, intersections between religion and mental health, intersections of mind and body, and access to health care; -is ideal for courses on global mental health in psychology, public health, and anthropology departments and other health-related programs.
Publication Date: 2015-03-15
Khat in Ethiopia by Khat is a psychoactive shrub whose tender leaves and twigs have been chewed for their euphonising effects in the Horn of Africa and on the Arabian Peninsula for over a millennium. Originally grown in small gardens for occasional consumption, khat has now become a sought-after drug - and, with it, an important, income-generating product for millions of Ethiopians. Gebissa's collection of essays explores this shift from small-scale farming to high-value cash crop agriculture that has taken place in many parts of Ethiopia.
Publication Date: 2010-04-01
Leaf of Allah : khat & agricultural transformation in Harerge, Ethiopia 1875-1991 by
Call Number: 338.1737 G263l
Publication Date: 2003
Les enfants du khat : [roman] by CHILDREN OF KHAT, Mouna-Hodan Ahmed
Asli was not always this wise, practicing and studious girl, this kind and caring big sister. She too, like her idle comrades, abandoned by parents obsessed by khat, tasted easy and vain pleasures, futile entertainment, temptations of the night ... This chronicle of daily life in Djibouti delivers the picture of a society gangrenous by khat and that of a youth in the future compromised. Worried and revolted by love for his country, the author nevertheless hopes that one day he will wake up. (translation)
Call Number: 843.92 A286e
Publication Date: 2002
Pan-African Issues in Drugs and Drug Control by Popular 'war on drugs' rhetoric postulates drug use in the West as the product of the drug production and trafficking roles of non-western societies and non-western peoples within and outside the West. In such rhetoric, African societies and people of African descent in Africa and in Diaspora have received criticisms for their respective roles in drug production and drug trafficking, including the position of many African countries as transit routes for drugs exported to the West. By contrast, the abuse of drugs by populations of African origin around the globe and the harmful consequences of the drug trade and drug abuse on these populations has been little studied. Drawing on contributions from seven countries in Africa; two countries in Europe; and seven countries in the Americas, this volume examines the relationships between drug use, drug trafficking, drug controls and the black population of a given society. Each chapter examines the nature and pattern of drug use or abuse; the effects of drug use or abuse (illegal or/and legal) on other areas such as health and crime; the nature, pattern, and perpetration of trafficking and sale of illegal or/and legal drugs; and past and current policies and control of illegal and /or legal drugs. It will be essential reading for all students, academics and policy-makers working in the area of drug control.
Publication Date: 2015-07-10
Paradigms for Anthropology by Vital to libraries, teachers, and undergraduate students and their writings, this anthology offers contemporary analysis of American culture in new essays written exclusively for this book by leading anthropologists. The new essays are set against the perspective of several renowned anthropologists (Malinowski, Eric Wolf, Marvin Harris, Marshall Sahlins, etc.) to offer a uniquely anthropological perspective on the most challenging issues of our time, from immigration to job exportation to the recent financial meltdown.
Publication Date: 2010-07-02
Studies on Khat : its social, economic and health effects by
Call Number: 362.29096 S933
Publication Date: 1984
Why kat was prohibited in Somalia by
Call Number: HV5822.Q3 W48 1983
Publication Date: 1983
أضرار المخدرات وحوار مع حشاش / Aḍrār al-mukhaddirāt al-ijtimaʻiyyah by The damages done by drugs and alcohol in Somalia. In Arabic
Call Number: HV5801 .N87 1983
Publication Date: 1983
Environmental Social Sciences by The relationship between human communities and the environment is extremely complex. In order to resolve the issues involved with this relationship, interdisciplinary research combining natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities is necessary. In this 2010 book, specialists summarise methods and research strategies for various aspects of social research devoted to environmental issues. Each chapter is illustrated with ethnographic and environmental examples, ranging from Australia to Amazonia, from Madagascar to the United States, and from prehistoric and historic cases to contemporary rural and urban ones. It deals with climate change, deforestation, environmental knowledge, natural reserves, politics and ownership of natural resources, and the effect of differing spatial and temporal scales. Contributing to the intellectual project of interdisciplinary environmental social science, this book shows the possibilities social science can provide to environmental studies and to larger global problems and thus will be of equal interest to social and natural scientists and policy makers.
Publication Date: 2010-11-11
Drug Intoxicated Irregular Fighters by
Call Number: D101.146:D84
Publication Date: 2008-03-01
The impact of the war on the family : draft. by 1. Tradition and change in Somali society -- 2. The impact of the civil war -- 3. Qaad use and the family -- 4. Support systems for the post-war family -- 5. Conclusions and recommendations.
Call Number: Large 967.7305 I34
Publication Date: 
Consumption, contraband and commodification : a history of khat in Harberge, Ethiopia, c. 1930-1991 by
Call Number: 362.293 G293c
Publication Date: 1997