Paper $26.95 ISBN: 9781848139664 Published October 2012 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781848139671 Published October 2012 For sale in North and South America only

Africa and the War on Drugs

Neil Carrier and Gernot Klantschnig

Africa and the War on Drugs

Neil Carrier and Gernot Klantschnig

Distributed for Zed Books

184 pages | 5.0625 x 7.8125
Paper $26.95 ISBN: 9781848139664 Published October 2012 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781848139671 Published October 2012 For sale in North and South America only
Nigerian drug lords in UK prisons, khat-chewing Somali pirates hijacking Western ships, crystal meth-smoking gangs controlling South Africa's streets, and narco-traffickers corrupting the state in Guinea-Bissau: these are some of the vivid images surrounding drugs in Africa which have alarmed policymakers, academics and the general public in recent years. In this revealing and original book, the authors weave these aspects into a provocative argument about Africa's role in the global trade and control of drugs. In doing so, they show how foreign-inspired policies have failed to help African drug users but have strengthened the role of corrupt and brutal law enforcement officers, who are tasked with halting the export of heroin and cocaine to European and American consumer markets.

A vital book on an overlooked front of the so-called war on drugs.
Contents
Introduction
1. Africa's drug habit
2. Drugs and development: a new threat or opportunity?
3. Drug barons, traffickers and mules: Africa as entrepot
4. African states and drugs: complicity, neglect and repression
Conclusion: alternatives to the drug war?
Review Quotes
Journal of Retracing Africa
“Africa and the War on Drugs challenges .  . . prevalent portrayals of Africa as being in jeopardy due to its new position as a transshipment port for Europe-bound drugs. The authors question contemporary Western views that treat drug use as a recent phenomenon in Africa and depict the drug trade as detrimental to Africa’s economic development. They also criticize Western approaches to drug control. . . . [The] work stands not only as an academic piece but also an informational kit for international agencies and stakeholders in the anti-drug campaign.”
 
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