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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/24618

Title: Seeking a Kaleidoscopic Lens: A Holistic Analysis of the Psychedelic Field
Authors: Persad, Ishwar
Advisor: Wane, Njoki
Department: Sociology and Equity Studies in Education
Keywords: Psychedelics
Ayahuasca
Critical theory
Hippie
Race
Class
Gender
Tourism
Issue Date: 27-Jul-2010
Abstract: The psychedelic field has generated a vast body of work in terms of psychology, art, spirituality and understandings of the mind and consciousness. Having engaged with the field for the last ten years, I have been curious as to why issues of race, gender and class are not included in the analysis and theories that are generated from the field. My background in feminism, queer studies, anti-racism, critical theory and social justice, as well as my interest in consciousness and psychedelics, led me to conduct a literature review and analyze it with a critical framework. The literature showed an overwhelming gap in the field in regards to inclusion and analysis of issues pertaining to race, gender and class. This gap needs to be addressed and I look forward to conducting fieldwork in the future such as interviewing people about their experiences of race, class and gender and its intersection with psychedelics. I hope to contribute to the field in terms of creatively and productively including an analysis of race, class and gender to the psychedelics field.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/24618
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