New PDF release: A History of Drugs: Drugs and Freedom in the Liberal Age

By Toby Seddon

Why are a few psychoactive components considered as ‘dangerous drugs’, to be managed by way of the felony legislation inside a world prohibition regime, while others – from alcohol and tobacco, via to these we name ‘medicines’ – are obvious and controlled very differently? A historical past of Drugs strains a family tree of the development and governance of the ‘drug challenge’ during the last 2 hundred years, calling into query probably the most primary rules during this box: from ‘addiction’ to the very idea of ‘drugs’. on the center of the e-book is the declare that it was once with the emergence within the past due eighteenth century of contemporary liberal capitalism, with its special emphasis on freedom, that our matters concerning the intake of a few of those components started to grow. And, certainly, notions of freedom, loose will and accountability stay crucial to the drug query this present day. Pursuing an leading edge inter-disciplinary strategy, A historical past of Drugs offers an educated and insightful account of the origins of latest drug coverage. will probably be crucial studying for college kids and lecturers operating in legislation, criminology, sociology, social coverage, background and political science.

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