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Investigates the central role of drug trafficking and enforcement in the
extension of imperial power.
DRUG WARS: The Political Economy of Narcotics
University of Minnesota Press | 384 pages | 2004
ISBN 0-8166-4059-9 | hardcover | $59.95
ISBN 0-8166-4060-2 | paperback | $19.95
In Drug Wars, cultural critic Curtis Marez examines two hundred years of
writings, graphic works, films, and music that both demonize and celebrate
the commerce in cocaine, marijuana, and opium, providing a bold
interdisciplinary exploration of drugs in the popular imagination.
Throughout Marez juxtaposes official drug policy and propaganda with
subversive images that challenge and sometimes even taunt government and
legal efforts. Ranging from the writings of Sigmund Freud to prodrug lord
Mexican popular music, gangsta rap, and Brian De Palma's 1983 epic Scarface,
Drug Wars moves from the representations and realities of the Opium Wars to
the long history of drug and immigration enforcement on the U.S.-Mexican
border, and to cocaine use and interdiction in South America, Middle Europe,
and among American Indians.
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