The Ganja Complex

The Ganja Complex

Number of page: 211
Author: Ansley Hamid
Publisher: Lexington Books
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Category: Law

In The Ganja Complex Ansley Hamid skillfully welds together two decades of ethnographic research on marijuana in the Caribbean and the United States. Hamid juxtaposes an in-depth study of the spread of Rastafari in the 1970s with an examination of the rise of an international marijuana economy. This revisionist work departs radically from previous scholarship by identifying Rastafari, not as a messianic or millenarian cult, but as a participant in the essential functions of a community’s overall economic life. It demonstrates how Rastafari has revitalized third-world economies using indigenous resources, capital, and talent, and documents the internationalization of the 5000-year-old Asian pattern of marijuana use–centered about worship of the Hindu god Shiva–that is the

About The Author

Ansley Hamid is Associate Professor of Anthropology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York.