Ethnography and the Australian drug field: emaciation, appropriation and multidisciplinary myopia

Moore, David 2002, Ethnography and the Australian drug field: emaciation, appropriation and multidisciplinary myopia, International journal of drug policy, vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 271-284.

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Title Ethnography and the Australian drug field: emaciation, appropriation and multidisciplinary myopia
Author(s) Moore, David
Journal name International journal of drug policy
Volume number 13
Issue number 4
Start page 271
End page 284
Publisher Elsevier BV
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publication date 2002-10
ISSN 0955-3959
1873-4758
Keyword(s) Drug research
Ethnography
Research funding
Multidisciplinary research
Australia
Summary In this paper, I provide a critical commentary on the current state of drug ethnography in Australia. I identify and discuss funding problems and the appropriation of ethnography by qualitative and quantitative researchers, both of which undermine the credibility and potential contribution of ethnography to the Australian drug field. I also interrogate the much-heralded but little-scrutinised idea of ‘multidisciplinary drug research’, drawing on examples of non-drug multidisciplinary research to argue that, while multidisciplinary drug research is a worthy goal, the research vision offered by advocates of such research is frequently an intellectually impoverished one. I conclude by suggesting possible ways to strengthen Australia's capacity to conduct both stand-alone ethnographic drug research and high-quality multidisciplinary drug research involving ethnography.
Language eng
Field of Research 160199 Anthropology not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, Elsevier Science B.V.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001532

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health Sciences
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