Dangerous Harvest: Drug Plants and the Transformation of Indigenous Landscapes

Paperback | March 19, 2004

EditorMichael K. Steinberg, Joseph J. Hobbs, Kent Mathewson

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The global drug trade and its associated violence, corruption, and human suffering create global problems that include political and military conflicts, ethnic minority human rights violations, and stresses on economic development. Drug production and eradication affects the stability of manystates, shaping and sometimes distorting their foreign policies. External demand for drugs has transformed many indigenous cultures from using local agricultural activity to being enmeshed in complex global problems. Dangerous Harvest presents a global overview of indigenous peoples' relations with drugs. It presents case studies from various cultural landscapes that are involved in drug plant production, trade, and use, and examines historical uses of illicit plant substances. It continues with coverage oferadication efforts, and the environmental impact of drug plant production. In its final chapter, it synthesizes the major points made and forecasts future directions of crop substitution programs, international eradication efforts, and changes in indigenous landscapes. The book helps unveil thefarmer, not to glamorize those who grow drug plants but to show the deep historical, cultural, and economic ties between farmer and crop.

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The global drug trade and its associated violence, corruption, and human suffering create global problems that include political and military conflicts, ethnic minority human rights violations, and stresses on economic development. Drug production and eradication affects the stability of manystates, shaping and sometimes distorting the...

Michael K. Steinberg is Adjunct Professor of Geography at Louisiana State University and Cultural Biogeographer with the U.S.D.A.'s National Plant Data Center. Dr. Steinberg specializes in cultural and political ecology of indigenous peoples in Central America. His research has appeared in journals such as Geographical Review, Econom...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 1.1 inPublished:March 19, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195143205

ISBN - 13:9780195143201

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"Informative and well written...the reader cannot help but be impressed by what a powerful influence the international drug trade has had on international relations, political and military struggles, environmental health and security, and economic well-being in many contexts."--The GeographicReview