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Intoxication and Society

Problematic Pleasures of Drugs and Alcohol

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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...

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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

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Wide-ranging interdisciplinary appeal: covers history, law, sociology, neuroscience, psychology and literature
Highly respected author team
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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.

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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.

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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.

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