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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Intoxication and Society

Problematic Pleasures of Drugs and Alcohol

ISBN 9781137008329
Publication Date January 2013
Formats Hardcover Paperback Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Intoxicants, substances that alter a person's mental and physiological state, are a continuing obsession. In their effect on the mind and body, intoxicants go to the heart of what it means to be human. In the tensions between 'free' and uninhibited consumption on the one hand, and the pressures of social regulation and personal responsibility on the other, they also illuminate the daily paradoxes, and sheer complexity, of living in modern Western societies. Yet this complexity, and the rich history that underpins it, is often lost in the current debates over public policy.

Intoxication and Society sets out to supplement the contemporary discourse surrounding intoxication with a more nuanced appreciation of the history and nature of what is very much a multidimensional problem. It does so by employing an interdisciplinary framework that includes contributions from leading academics in law, sociology, anthropology, history, literature, neuroscience and social psychology.

The result is a subtle historical and contemporary rereading of the social construction of intoxication that will provide a secure basis for analysis as society continues to respond to the problematic pleasures of intoxication

JONATHAN HERRING is a Professor of Law at the University of Oxford, UK and a Fellow in Law at Exeter College, Oxford.
CIARAN REGAN is Professor of Neuropharmacology at University College Dublin, Ireland, and a Fellow of the UCD Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research.
DARIN WEINBERG is a Fellow and Director of Studies at King's College, Cambridge, UK and a Reader in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge.
PHIL WITHINGTON is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Sheffield, UK.

Medical Expertise and the Understandings of Intoxication in Britain 1660 to 1830
The Expertise of Non-Experts: Knowledges of Intoxication in Criminal Law
Intoxicants: The Formation of Health Expertise in the Twentieth Century
'The Relations of Inebriety to Insurance': Geographies of Medicine, Insurance and Alcohol in Britain 1841 - 1911
Alehouse Licensing and State Formation in Early Modern England
Renaissance Drinking Cultures and Popular Print
On the Cultural Domestication of Intoxicants
Nudge Policy, Embodiment and Intoxication Problems
Beastly Metamorphoses: Losing Control in Early Modern Literary Culture
Intoxicants and Compulsive Behaviour - A Neuroscientific Perspective
Praxis, Interaction and the Loss of Self-Control
Addiction and Responsibility
The Current Law of Intoxication: Rules and Problems
The Addicted Self: A Neuroscientific Perspective

ANGUS BANCROFT University of Edinburgh, UK
VIRGINIA BERRIDGE London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, UK
ALAN BOGG University of Oxford, UK
JAMES BROWN University of Oxford, UK
DAVID CLEMIS Mount Royal University, Calgary, Canada
KAREN D. ERSCHE University of Cambridge, UK
SHAUN FRENCH University of Nottingham, UK
JAMES KNEALE University College London, UK
ARLIE LOUGHNAN University of Sydney, Australia
CRAIG REINARMAN University of California, Santa Cruz, USA
CATHY SHRANK University of Sheffield, UK
REBECCA WILLIAMS University of Oxford, UK


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