A Framework for Integrating Culture, Diversity, and Social Justice in Addictions

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Part of the Contemporary Social Work Practice book series (Contemp. Social Work Practice)

Abstract

Issues of culture and human diversity that exist between and within cultural groups can be perplexing as research investigators and health service providers alike attempt to understand the “real-world” complexities inherent in the study of culture. In this chapter we will examine cultural variables and dimensions of culture, as applied to the study of addictive behaviors. We outline a multidimensional framework for integrating culture into addiction. No one model fully captures this rich diversity, and thus we will examine select models which serve to organize and understand how “culture” influences human behavior, including addictive behaviors. We will complete our analysis with commentaries on methodological approaches for conducting more integrative analyses that can inform our understanding of these complex cultural effects. The aim is to do so with sensitivity to complex cultural processes, yet also with rigorous research designs for conducting scientific studies that “do justice” to the analysis of cultural influences on human behavior and addiction.

Keywords

Migration Depression Income Cocaine Assimilation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of TexasEl PasoUSA
  2. 2.Counseling Psychology Program, School of Letters and SciencesArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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