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Marijuana, Youth and Society

  • David Lipset
Part of the Culture, Mind, and Society book series (CMAS)


Modernity in PNG has impoverished Murik society. The Murik have come to see themselves and their contemporary economy as exacting and challenging. Why? Modernity has deprived the Murik of control over a crucial link in the means of production. Karl Marx understood such a loss to result in a loss moral agency, a loss that is audible in ambivalent attitudes held by Murik men. The drug is viewed as a kind of good that is both part, yet not part, of the traditional Murik overseas trade network. At the same time as it imported, it is viewed as having exchange value, being bought and sold. But rather than authorized by the state, its exchange value is illegitimate. While marijuana use is condemned by middle-aged and senior men as a cause of domestic abuse, as well as mistrust of the state, Murik youth find its effects pleasurable. In marijuana dialogue, the alienation of Murik men from modernity and Murik culture is audible.


Domestic Violence Moral Agency Trading Partner Male Youth Performance Enhancer 
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  • David Lipset
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  1. 1.University of Minnesota Twin CitiesSt PaulUSA

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