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By Ilana Mountian

In this significant contribution to the sphere, Ilana Mountian severely analyses discourses surrounding drug dependancy, drug prohibition, therapy and prevention, and highlights new methods of knowing the position that gender performs within the ethics of drug use throughout cultures.

The e-book analyses the discourses of faith, illegal activity and drugs, and indicates how they, mixed with key historic occasions, impact our perspectives of drug use and drug clients in accordance with gender, race and sophistication.

The e-book attracts on study from various fields to supply replacement conceptual and methodological views at the topic, including:
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* serious theory

* gender stories

* post-colonial studies

* psychoanalysis

* philosophy.

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Cultural Ecstasies is an leading edge examine of gear and habit, and may be of serious curiosity to scholars, researchers and execs operating in psychology, sociology, social paintings, healthiness care, criminology, and allied disciplines.

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Since there were no laws against possession, drugs could be bought in the pharmacy without prescription. Nevertheless, after the First World War, this image was about to change. When society was in crisis, the construction of drugs as a social menace started to appear. This fear of drugs was based on certain features and contexts, such as drugs being seen as a cult activity taken at clandestine locations, the belief that young women were the most at Historical discourses of drugs 39 risk of the ‘drug habit’ and association with sexual immorality.

Modern addiction refers to the practices of the last two centuries, practices that have the disapproval of authorities and a negative reaction from the judicial power. Hence, the intervention of law is of major importance to the understanding of contemporary drug use, representing an ideological shift. Here, it is important to point out that the intervention of law draws the distinction between legal and illegal drug use, and discursively this has come to imply the difference between medical and non-medical drugs, apart from some drugs that are used in everyday life that are not discursively referred to as drugs, such as coffee and tea.

G. in the fens of East England), and the users were not regarded as ill or addicted (McDonald, 1994). Many managed their dependence without the physical and mental deterioration, the social incapacity, or the early death which is the stereotype of contemporary narcotic addiction. Addiction, in fact, was not the point at issue for those users of the drug and their contemporaries. (Berridge and Edwards, 1987: 61) However, in the late 1830s, concerns about opium use started to increase, and such usage was no longer tolerated.

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