Heavy Metal: The social meaning of petrol sniffing in Australia

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Maggie Brady

Pages: 
238
Category: 
Health
Product type: 
Book
Book format: 
Paperback
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Dimensions: 
240x170mm
ISBN: 
9780855752156
Available: 
Yes
Price: 
$24.95 RRP incl. GST

Summary

In an attempt to go beyond current explanations of Aboriginal drug abuse, which stereotype these people as 'victims', Brady focuses on understanding the users' subjective decisions to engage in this behaviour. She provides an overview of the use of drugs among Aboriginal people and surveys the extant international literature. She also gives detailed descriptions of the interaction between the setting and the users, examines the substance itself, and canvasses a range of possible intervention programs.

This informed ethnographic account is the first major published study of contemporary drug use by Aborigines. The work is drawn from baseline community research, including statistical data and case studies material. It will be of interest in the medical, drug abuse and Aboriginal studies fields.

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Last reviewed: 23 Oct 2018