Drugs and Philippine Society
Drugs and Philippine Society is a collection of critical essays that look at drug use, drug wars, and drug policies in the Philippines from different angles, from the perspectives of scholars, social and cultural workers, artists, and activists present and past. In doing so, it seeks to uncover societal prejudices about a long- misunderstood subject—and unmask the many contexts of how drugs are used and misused in the country.
Aside from a foreword by Sheila Coronel and a critical introduction by Gideon Lasco, the anthology gathers photographs of President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs since 2016 and its effects on Philippine communities to further contextualize the urgent need to rethink drug policies not only in the country but around the world.
Gideon Lasco, MD, Ph.D., is a physician and medical anthropologist. He is a senior lecturer at the University of the Philippines Diliman's Department of Anthropology, affiliate faculty at the UP College of Medicine's Social Medicine Unit, a research fellow at the Ateneo de Manila University's Development Studies Program, and an honorary fellow at Hong Kong University's Centre for Criminology.
His research projects have focused on contemporary health issues, including drug use and drug policy, COVID-19, and medical populism.
Ateneo de Manila University Press, Philippines
Softcover / 9 x 6 inches / 407 pages / BW