Annigje van Djik, Roger Zerbo, “Between Drugs and Society: Moral Experiences and Drug Addiction in Ouagadougou” in Politique africaine Volume 163, Issue 3, July 2021, pages 45 to 60

This article engages with the local moral worlds and the reported experiences of people addicted to heroin and/or cocaine in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. Drug users’ experiences were coloured by a continuous conflict between the need to use drugs and a simultaneous inability to live a “good life”: that is, to fulfill the social role associated with their “life stage.” We add to a small body of research that has sought to understand the worlds of drugs in Africa from the perspectives of people who engage in drug use.

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