Item description for Kenyan Khat (African Social Studies Series) by Carrier & N (ed.)...
This detailed ethnography follows trajectories the controversial stimulant khat takes from Kenya's Nyambene Hills to consumers spread throughout the world, and highlights the great economic, social and cultural significance of this transnational commodity for those animating its 'social life'
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.53" Width: 6.3" Height: 0.71" Weight: 1.23 lbs.
Release Date Feb 28, 2007
ISBN 9004156593 ISBN13 9789004156593
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An important window into the social life of a misunderstood subject Mar 22, 2007
Relatively little has been written in the popular press concerning khat - a plant widely chewed as mild stimulant across East Africa, and in East African immigrant communities throught Europe and the US. Sadly, what has come out in the press is generally distorted and misleading, concerning both the effects of khat and its economic role in the communities that produce and consume khat. Dr. Carrier's impressive study does much to alieviate such unhelpful stereotypes, providing a fascinating window into an often misunderstood topic. Through extensive participant observation in Kenya, Carrier takes readers on a highly informative, enjoyable and sympathetic journey with the plant from growers to chewers, shedding academic and personal insight into the surprising social life of this important component of the East African social economy. This book will be of interest to students of social anthropology, those with an interest in modern East African culture, and those who wish to understand how this plant has been demonized by the current hegemonic discourse of drug enforcement. Dr. Carrier should be commended for contributing a highly readable volume to a social anthropology literature that all too often obfuscates its subjects with academic jargon and detachment rather than approachable prose and genuine human conncetions.