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Assessing the Importance of Culture in Explaining Drug Use amongst Indigenous Police Detainees in Adelaide

Current Issues in Criminal Justice
Volume 20 Issue 2 (Nov 2008)

Abstract: This article assesses the role of the Indigenous culture of origin in explaining the early age of initiation into drug use and its relation to subsequent abuse and dependence amongst Indigenous Australians living in urban centres. In particular it is argued that 'culture' interacts with a range of social, internal, and environmental risk factors which thereby generate social conditions within the urban Indigenous community that tolerate and promote both the initiation into, and sustained use of illicit drugs. As such, this article also advocates that strategies that are designed to combat sustained drug use must be sensitive to, and incorporate, the traditional forms of kinship, family and care which pervade the Indigenous culture of origin.

To cite this article: Brewer, Russell and Dalton, Derek. Assessing the Importance of Culture in Explaining Drug Use amongst Indigenous Police Detainees in Adelaide [online]. Current Issues in Criminal Justice, Vol. 20, No. 2, Nov 2008: 265-286. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=477724471112021;res=IELHSS> ISSN: 1034-5329. [cited 28 Aug 16].

Personal Author: Brewer, Russell; Dalton, Derek; Source: Current Issues in Criminal Justice, Vol. 20, No. 2, Nov 2008: 265-286 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1034-5329 Subject: Drug abuse; Aboriginal Australians--Criminal justice system; Youth, Aboriginal Australian; Aboriginal Australians--Health and hygiene; Aboriginal Australians--Urban residence; Youth--Drug abuse; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) BA (Hons). Adjunct Research Associate, School of Law, Flinders University
(2) BEd, MCrim, PhD. Senior Lecturer, School of Law, Flinders University

Database: Humanities & Social Sciences Collection