The World Ayahuasca Diaspora


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The World Ayahuasca Diaspora: Reinventions and Controversies
Edited by Beatriz Caiuby Labate, Clancy Cavnar, and Alex K. Gearin

From the Publisher:

In The World Ayahuasca Diaspora, leading scholars, including established academics and new voices in anthropology, religious studies, and law fuse case-study ethnographies with evaluations of relevant legal and anthropological knowledge. They explore how the substance has impacted indigenous communities, new urban religiosities, ritual healing, international drug policy, religious persecution, and recreational drug milieus. This unique book presents classic and contemporary issues in social science and the humanities, providing rich material on the bourgeoning expansion of ayahuasca use around the globe.

About the Author:

Beatriz Caiuby Labate has a Ph.D. in social anthropology from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil. Her main areas of interest are the study of psychoactive substances, drug policy, shamanism, ritual, and religion. She is Visiting Professor at the Center for Research and Post Graduate Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS), in Guadalajara, and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Drug Policy Program of the Center for Economic Research and Education (CIDE) in Aguascalientes, Mexico. She is also co-founder of the Nucleus for Interdisciplinary Studies of Psychoactives (NEIP), and editor of NEIP’s website ( She is author, co-author, and co-editor of twelve books, one special-edition journal, and several peer-reviewed articles.

Clancy Cavnar is currently a licensed clinical psychologist working with dual diagnosed clients. In 2011, she received a doctorate in clinical psychology (PsyD) from John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, California, with a dissertation on gay and lesbian people’s experiences with ayahuasca. She is Research Associate of the Nucleus for Interdisciplinary Studies of Psychoactives (NEIP), and co-editor, with Beatriz Caiuby Labate, of three books: The Therapeutic Use of Ayahuasca (2014); Prohibition, Religious Freedom, and Human Rights: Regulating Traditional Drug Use (2014) and Ayahuasca Shamanism in the Amazon and Beyond (2014). She is also author of peer-reviewed articles (at the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs and the International Journal of Drug Policy).

Alex K. Gearin has a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Queensland (UQ), Brisbane, Australia. His Ph.D. dissertation involves an ethnographic study of ayahuasca use in Australia and focuses on sensory, medical, and ethical themes of ritual practice and social organization. He currently lectures in anthropology at the University of Queensland and works in the UQ Anthropology Museum, Brisbane, Australia.


Hardcover: 290 pages
Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (August 17, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1472466632
ISBN-13: 978-1472466631
Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 1 lb 8 oz.

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Weight 24 oz
Dimensions 6.2 × 0.8 × 9.2 in