Spring 2021 Courses
ANTH 4920/8926: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Drug Use & Addiction
How do social practices and cultural values shape drug use and “addiction”? Why do some people become “addicted” to drugs and others don’t? What does “addiction and its treatment look like in different cultures?
This seminar examines drug use and “addiction” cross-culturally. Using anthropological theories and methods, we will explore: definitions of “addiction” across time and place; drug use and “addiction” in relation to social inequalities; interventions and the assumptions underlying them; representations of “addiction” and “addicts” in media; and lived experiences of drug use and “addiction.” We will consider the practical implications of these issues for healthcare, policy, and social justice in the context of contemporary problems such as the U.S. opioid epidemic and the COVID-19 pandemic.
|Instructor: Dr. Allison Schlosser||TBD||link to flyer|