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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 
Publisher Palgrave

Alcohol and illicit drugs play a prominent role in our society. This important collection looks back on their history and uses cutting edge sociological, scientific, legal and ethical analysis to seek to respond to the problematic pleasures they create.

JONATHAN HERRING is Professor of Law at the University of Oxford, UK and 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, Ireland.
DARIN WEINBERG is Fellow and Director of Studies at King's College, Cambridge, UK and University Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge, UK.
PHILIP WITHINGTON is University Lecturer at the University of Cambridge, UK and Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge, UK.

Introduction
PART I: THE FORMATION OF EXPERTISE
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
PART II: SPATIAL POLITICS
'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
PART III: CULTURE AND PRACTICE
Renaissance Drinking Cultures and Popular Print
On the Cultural Domestication of Intoxicants
Nudge Policy, Embodiment and Intoxication Problems
PART IV: INTOXICATION AND THE SELF
Beastly Metamorphoses: Losing Control in Early Modern Literary Culture
Intoxicants and Compulsive Behaviour A Neuroscientific Perspective
Praxis, Interaction and the Loss of Self-Control
PART V: LAW, MORALITY AND SCIENCE
Addiction and Responsibility
The Current Law of Intoxication: Rules and Problems
The Addicted Self: A Neuroscientific Perspective

Reviews

Intoxication and Society, as the title suggests, is ambitious in its scope. Its success lies in its thoughtful execution.' - Sally Marlow, Institute of Psychiatry, sallymarlow.com
"Due to its accessibility and comprehensive format, Intoxication and Society is a manuscript that proves to be a useful tool in critically analysing and understanding the gamut of social, historical, and political issues surrounding the constant debate involving substance use and its effect on society." - Mariah Jade Zimpfer, Department of Sociology, University of Edinburgh, UK
"The Editors of this book are professors of law, neuropharmacology, sociology and early medieval history, and hence it provides an array of perspectives on alcohol and other psychoactive drugs. The first chapter overviews these diverse themes, and provides useful guidance for the overall text...For Journal of Psychopharmacology readers, the final chapter may be of particular interest, since it provides a 'neuroscientific' perspective." - Andy Parrott, British Association for Psychopharmacology newsletter
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