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 means of the felony legislation inside an international prohibition regime, when others – from alcohol and tobacco, via to these we name ‘medicines’ – are obvious and controlled very differently? A heritage of Drugs lines a family tree of the development and governance of the ‘drug challenge’ during the last two hundred years, calling into query the most primary principles during this box: from ‘addiction’ to the very thought of ‘drugs’. on the middle of the booklet is the declare that it was once with the emergence within the past due eighteenth century of recent liberal capitalism, with its distinct emphasis on freedom, that our issues concerning the intake of a few of those elements started to grow. And, certainly, notions of freedom, loose will and accountability stay critical to the drug query this day. Pursuing an leading edge inter-disciplinary technique, A historical past of Drugs presents an educated and insightful account of the origins of latest drug coverage. it is going to be crucial examining for college students and lecturers operating in legislations, criminology, sociology, social coverage, background and political science.

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