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Drugs, addiction, & initiation : the modern search for ritual

Author: Luigi Zoja; Marc E Romano
Publisher: Einsiedeln (Switzerland) : Daimon, 2000, ©1989.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Luigi Zoja argues that the pervasive abuse of drugs in our society can in large part be ascribed to a resurgence of the collective need for initiation and initiatory structures: a longing for something sacred underlies our cultures manic drive toward excessive consumption. In a society without ritual, the drug addict seeks not so much the thrill of a high as the satisfaction of an inner need for a participation
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Luigi Zoja; Marc E Romano
ISBN: 3856305955 9783856305956
OCLC Number: 45554484
Notes: Translation of: Nascere non basta.
Description: ix, 133 pages ; 23 cm
Other Titles: Nascere non basta.
Drugs, addiction and initiation
Responsibility: Luigi Zoja ; translated by Marc E. Romano and Robert Mercurio.

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Luigi Zoja argues that the pervasive abuse of drugs in our society can in large part be ascribed to a resurgence of the collective need for initiation and initiatory structures: a longing for something sacred underlies our cultures manic drive toward excessive consumption. In a society without ritual, the drug addict seeks not so much the thrill of a high as the satisfaction of an inner need for a participation mystique in the dominant religion of our times: consumerism.

A far-reaching yet incisive cultural analysis, Drugs, Addiction and Initiation is a vigorous expose, drawing its methodology from history, literature, and anthropology, as well as analytical psychology. From its critique of drug cures based on detoxification to its discussion of the esoteric-terrorist cult of the Assassins, Zoja's work is a classic in the field of psycho-anthropology.

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