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Drugs Politics - by Maziyar Ghiabi (Hardcover)

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Number of Pages: 360

Genre: Political Science

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Book theme: General

Author: Maziyar Ghiabi

Language: English

Street Date: June 20, 2019
TCIN: 78502702
UPC: 9781108475457
Item Number (DPCI): 247-06-0356

Description

'This is a landmark study, an eye-opener for those who still associate the Islamic Republic with a harshly punitive stance on narcotics. Iran, a society in which opium was traditionally integrated into life, has in recent decades been hit by a wave of synthetic drugs - heroin, meth and crack - that are now massively used by the down and out as well as by its globalized, anomic youth. Given wide access to official policy makers, Ghiabi tells the story of how the authorities of the Islamic republic have dealt with this problem by opting for harm reduction rather than criminalization, how they abandoned the shah's unimaginative American-style 'war on drugs' and, working with NGOs and international organizations, adopted a pragmatic, neo-liberal approach that mixes draconian measures against dealers with a compassionate, welfare-focused approach vis-�-vis users. Anyone curious about Iran's innovative approach to drugs should read this deeply informed, engaging book.' Rudi Matthee, University of Delaware
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