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19 Contemp. Drug Probs. 459 (1992)
Deconstructing Dependence: An Ethnographic Critique of an Influential Concept

handle is hein.journals/condp19 and id is 473 raw text is: Contemporary Drug Problems/Fall 1992                      4.-y
Deconstructing dependence:
an ethnographic critique of an
influential concept
David Moore is an anthropologist who is currently a visiting
research fellow at the Addiction Studies Unit (School of
Psychology, Curtin University of Technology, GPO Box U1987,
Perth, Western Australia, 6001) and an honorary research fellow at
the National Centre for Research into the Prevention of Drug
Abuse. He has published articles on the social meaning of alcohol
and drug use, harm reduction among youth, and ethnographic
methodology, and is currently working on his doctoral dissertation
on the anthropology of illicit drug use.
AUTHOR'S NOTE: The field research on which this paper is based was sup-
ported by a grant from the Research into Drug Abuse Programme of the
National Campaign Against Drug Abuse and was conducted while the
author was employed by the National Centre for Research into the Preven-
tion of Drug Abuse. An earlier version of the paper won the Syd Lovibond
Prize, awarded by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (Uni-
versity of New South Wales, Australia), and I am grateful for NDARC's
permission to revise and publish it here. While bearing sole responsibility
for the final version, I would like to acknowledge the invaluable input of
Laura, Lisa and Vinnie (pseudonyms), who spoke willingly about their
experiences and interpretations. My thanks are also due to David Hawks,
Alison Marsh, Phil Moore, Basil Sansom, Bill Saunders, Tim Stockwell,
and two anonymous referees for their helpful comments on earlier drafts of
this paper.

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