Medical waste offers insights into South Africa’s use of pharmaceuticals

Editor’s Note: Today is the last piece in our six-part series of articles discussing drug use in Africa. These articles originally appeared on The Conversation, but we’re republishing them here as well. Today’s article comes from Rebecca Hodes, Director, AIDS and Society Research Unit, University of Cape Town.  Much of what we know about human historyContinue reading “Medical waste offers insights into South Africa’s use of pharmaceuticals”

The story of the pharma giant and the African yam

Editor’s Note: Over the next few weeks, we’re going to feature a series of articles discussing drug use in Africa. These articles originally appeared on The Conversation, but we’re republishing them here as well. Today’s article comes from William Beinart, professor at the University of Oxford.  It was a drug produced in Nottingham in the United KingdomContinue reading “The story of the pharma giant and the African yam”

A history of how sedatives took hold in white South Africa

Editor’s Note: Over the next few weeks, we’re going to feature a series of articles discussing drug use in Africa. These articles originally appeared on The Conversation, but we’re republishing them here as well. Today’s article comes from Julie Parle, Honorary Professor in History, University of KwaZulu-Natal. In the early 1960s, pharmacists and government authorities were ofContinue reading “A history of how sedatives took hold in white South Africa”

Cannabis in South Africa: the duplicity of colonial authorities

Editor’s Note: Over the next few weeks, we’re going to feature a series of articles discussing drug use in Africa. These articles originally appeared on The Conversation, but we’re republishing them here as well. Today’s article comes from Utathya Chattopadhyaya, Assistant Professor of History, University of California, Santa Barbara. The history of cannabis in South Africa contains twoContinue reading “Cannabis in South Africa: the duplicity of colonial authorities”

The highs and lows of the opium trade in southern Africa

Editor’s Note: Over the next few weeks, we’re going to feature a series of articles discussing drug use in Africa. These articles originally appeared on The Conversation, but we’re republishing them here as well. Today’s article comes from Thembisa Waetjen, Associate Professor of History, University of Johannesburg. The reach of European empires and of Indian Ocean tradeContinue reading “The highs and lows of the opium trade in southern Africa”

Secret histories of drugs – legal and illegal – in southern Africa

Editor’s Note: Over the next few weeks, we’re going to feature a series of articles discussing drug use in Africa. These articles originally appeared on The Conversation, but we’re republishing them here as well. Today’s article comes from Thembisa Waetjen, Associate Professor of History, University of Johannesburg, Julie Parle, Honorary Professor in History, University ofContinue reading “Secret histories of drugs – legal and illegal – in southern Africa”

Call for Papers: The Moral Landscapes of Drugs in Africa

Special issue coordinated by Corentin Cohen (Sciences Po/CERI, OxPo) and Gernot Klantschnig (University of Bristol) Deadline for the submission of proposals: 20 April 2020 Context The trade and consumption of psychoactive products are not new to Africa. There are traces of cannabis cultivation dating from the sixteenth century in Eastern and Southern Africa (Duvall 2016)Continue reading “Call for Papers: The Moral Landscapes of Drugs in Africa”

Points Bookshelf: “The African Roots of Marijuana” by Chris Duvall

Editor’s Note: Today’s book review comes from Nick Johnson. Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University and a master’s degree in American history from Colorado State University. A former freelance journalist in his home state of Illinois, Johnson now lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, and works as associate editor of theContinue reading “Points Bookshelf: “The African Roots of Marijuana” by Chris Duvall”

The Other, Other Opioid Crisis: Tramadol in West Africa

Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes from contributing editor Dr. David A. Guba, Jr., of Bard Early College in Baltimore.  For the past twenty years, a steady rise in opioid addiction and overdose rates across the U.S. has led to a “public health emergency,” declared by Donald Trump in October of 2017.[1] In 2017 alone, over 70,000Continue reading “The Other, Other Opioid Crisis: Tramadol in West Africa”

Addiction in African Literature

Where are the African tales of personal struggles with alcoholism and drug addiction?  I’ve been studying the history of alcohol use in Africa for more than twenty-five years and more recently I’ve also been looking at drug use.  Yet I can’t recall a single such story in my unsystematic sampling of African creative writing.  HereContinue reading “Addiction in African Literature”

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