Consuming Habits: Drugs in History and Anthropology

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This pioneering collection of original essays explores the rich analytical category of psycho- active substances from challenging historical and anthropological perspectives.

Psychoactive substances have been central to the formation of civilizations and the growth of the world economy. Consuming Habits describes how and why:

  • tea and coffee replaced beer on the breakfast tables of 18th century Europe
  • in Islamic emirates at the turn of the century kola nuts formed part of tax payments, and were given as gifts by so-called 'big men'
  • In 1902 opera singers had their doctors prescribe them cocaine to aid singing
  • the original version of 'coca-cola' was described as a 'brain tonic.'

This pioneering collection of original essays explores the rich analytical category of psychoactive substances from challenging historical and anthropological perspectives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415090391
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/1995
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 260
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables
Notes on contributors
Introduction: Peculiar Substances 1
1 Alcohol and Its Alternatives: Symbol and Substance in Pre-Industrial Cultures 11
2 Coca, Beer, Cigars and Yage: Meals and Anti-Meals in an Amerindian Community 47
3 Nicotian Dreams: The Prehistory and Early History of Tobacco in Eastern North America 67
4 Efficacy and Concentration: Analogies in Betel Use Among the Fuyuge (Papua New Guinea) 88
5 Kola Nuts: The 'Coffee' of the Central Sudan 103
6 Excitantia: Or, How Enlightenment Europe Took to Soft Drugs 126
7 From Coffeehouse to Parlour: The Consumption of Coffee, Tea and Sugar in North-Western Europe in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries 148
8 Tobacco Use and Tobacco Taxation: A Battle of Interests in Early Modern Europe 165
9 Japan and the World Narcotics Traffic 186
10 The Rise and Fall and Rise of Cocaine in the United States 206
Afterword 229
Selected bibliography 235
Index 240
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