Drug Policy Conference Workshop 1

Workshop: Drug Policy, Culture and Society: Sociological and Anthropological Contributions

March 17, 2010
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Santa Monica, California USA


To contribute to:

  • The dissemination of sociological and anthropological research on drug policy
  • The development and wider use of sociological and anthropological methods in analyzing drug policy issues
  • Fostering of further collaborations between participants in the workshop


Session One: What do sociological and anthropological approaches to illicit drug use tell us about what drug policy should be?

  • Craig Reinarman, University of California: On the cultural domestication of intoxicants

  • Freya vander Laenen, University of Gent: How drug policy should (not) be: vulnerable young people's analysis

  • Henri Bergeron, Centre de Sociologie des Organisations, and Nicolas Fortane, Université de Lyon: Between public health and law enforcement: which type of regulation for drug policies?

Session Two: What do sociological and anthropological approaches tell us about how drug policies have developed?

  • Susanne MacGregor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine: The framing of drug problems and policy responses: the relative autonomy of local action as illustrated in one English town

  • Sudirman Nasir, University of Melbourne: The lorong as a risk environment: Drug use and gangs among young men in the slums of Makassar, Indonesia

  • Toby Seddon, University of Manchester: Historical sociology as a tool for drug policy analysis


The workshop will bring together 20-40 people who are interested in sociological anthropological approaches to drug policy. The full papers will be submitted by the authors at least two weeks in advance, and forwarded to registered participants for their perusal.


Participation in the workshop is reserved for people who participate in the ISSDP 2010 annual conference. Workshop size will be limited, and preference will be given to early registrants and to those submitting a paper. People who wish to participate in this workshop should indicate this desire when they register for the conference. A cost of $20 U.S. will be added to your registration total.

Further information

Please direct any enquiries to either of the co-chairs of this workshop. They are:

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