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This volume examines the impact of coca and the cocaine trade on Bolivia, the poorest and most vulnerable of the South American countries. Topics examined include coca growers who have organized to protect their livelihood; coca substitution programs that have provided no viable alternative; and the repressive legal and extralegal apparatus that has been mobilized against the growers. Surprising studies show how coca cultivation may be environmentally conservative and how it can underwrite traditional culture. At the same ...