Altering American Consciousness: The History of Alcohol and Drug Use in the United States, 1800-2000 / Edition 1

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Variations in perceptions of drug use and they way they can move back and forth across licit and illicit categories, believe Tracy (history of medicine, U. of Oklahoma) and Acker (history, Carnegie Mellon U.) tell us much about the changing nature of American society. They present 14 papers that explore the social histories of a range of psychoactive drugs in America. Among other topics, papers look at changing definitions of "alcohol problem," dynamics of opiate addiction in the early 20th century, the relationship between habitual narcotic use and the professionalization of medical authority, the rhetoric of drug reform between 1920 and 1940, gender and debates over alcoholism, changing perceptions of tobacco use, and controversies over psychedelic drug research in the 1950s. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Editorial Reviews

The Annuals of Iowa
"This is a valuable and much needed collection. Tracy and Acker have done their job well. . . . This volume is an unmatched guide both to the ideas central to the field and to its cutting edge."
The Journal of American History
"A volume that goes a long way toward mapping out the new landscape of drug and alcohol history."
The Journal of the History of Medicine
"This delightful volume represents a careful admixture of skillfully edited, high-quality, and richly documented contributions to the analytic history of American experiences with alcohol and drugs. The cope of the collection is expansive. Unlike many conference-based volumes, this one succeeds in getting the authors to engage with each other in ways that build coherence and resonance."
Criminal Justice Review
This edited volume started life as a set of conference papers, delivered in 1997, on the subject of the history of drug use in American society. Out of this has grown a book that aims to sweep across the geography and the history of American to offer an informed view of changing attitudes and responses to drug use. . . . this is a readable and enjoyable text.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558494251
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
  • Publication date: 4/21/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,428,895
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : psychoactive drugs - an American way of life 1
I Framing addiction and alcoholism
The lessons of language : historical perspectives on the rhetoric of addiction 33
How does the nation's "alcohol problem" change from era to era? : stalking the social logic of problem-definition transformations since repeal 61
II Alcohol and narcotics in the American context
"I was addicted to drinking rum" : four centuries of alcohol consumption in Indian country 91
Reforming drunkards in nineteenth-century America : religion, medicine, therapy 108
Building a boozatorium : state medical reform for Iowa's inebriates, 1902-1920 124
Portrait of an addicted family : dynamics of opiate addiction in the early twentieth century 165
The double meaning of addiction : habitual narcotic use and the logic of professionalizing medical authority in the United States, 1900-1920 182
Demons for the twentieth century : the rhetoric of drug reform, 1920-1940 203
Maintaining orthodoxy : the depression-era struggle over morphine maintenance in California 225
"Lady tipplers" : gendering the modern alcoholism paradigm, 1933-1960 267
Sober husband and supportive wives : marital dramas of alcoholism in post-World War II America 298
III Psychotropics, psychedelics, and cigarettes
No one listened to imipramine 329
LSD before Leary : Sidney Cohen's critique of 1950s psychedelic drug research 353
From nicotine to nicotrol : addiction, cigarettes, and American culture 383
Further reading 403
Notes on contributors 412
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