Consuming Habits: Global and Historical Perspectives on How Cultures Define Drugs

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Psychoactive substances have been central to the formation of civilizations, the definition of cultural identities, and the growth of the world economy. The labelling of these substances as 'legal' or 'illegal' has diverted attention away from understanding their important cultural and historical roles. This collection explores the rich analytical category of psychoactive substances from challenging historical and anthropological perspectives.

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Consuming Habits: Drugs in History and Anthropology

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Overview

Psychoactive substances have been central to the formation of civilizations, the definition of cultural identities, and the growth of the world economy. The labelling of these substances as 'legal' or 'illegal' has diverted attention away from understanding their important cultural and historical roles. This collection explores the rich analytical category of psychoactive substances from challenging historical and anthropological perspectives.

Covering a wide range of substances, including opium, cocaine, coffee, tobacco, kola, and betelnut, from prehistory to the present day, this new edition has been extensively updated, including an updated bibliography and two new chapters on cannabis and khat. Consuming Habits is the perfect companion for all those interested in how different cultures have defined drugs across the ages.

About the Author:
Jordan Goodman is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL

About the Author:
Paul K. Lovejoy is Distinguished Research Professor at York University

About the Author:
Andrew Sherratt was Professor of Archaeology at the University of Sheffield

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'This is a fascinating book because it highlights the way history contributes to the shaping of moral attitudes.'History Teaching Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415425810
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jordan Goodman is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL. His publications include The Rattlesnake: A Voyage of Discovery to the Coral Sea (2005). Paul E. Lovejoy is Distinguished Research Professor and holds the Canada Research Chair in African Diaspora History at York University. His publications include Transformations in Slavery: A History of Slavery in Africa (2nd edition, 2000). Andrew Sherratt was Professor of Archaeology at the University of Sheffield. His most recent book was Economy and society in prehistoric Europe: changing perspectives (1997).

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Table of Contents


List of figures and tables     vii
Notes on contributors     ix
Preface     xiii
Introduction: peculiar substances   Andrew Sherratt     1
Alcohol and its alternatives: symbol and substance in pre-industrial cultures   Andrew Sherratt     11
Coca, beer, cigars and yage: meals and anti-meals in an Amerindinian community   Stephen Hugh-Jones     46
Nicotian dreams: the prehistory and early history of tobacco in eastern North America   Alexander von Gernet     65
Betelnut 'bisnis' and cosmology: a view from Papua New Guinea   Eric Hirsch     86
Kola nuts: the 'coffee' of the central Sudan   Paul E. Lovejoy     98
Excitantia: or, how enlightenment Europe took to soft drugs   Jordan Goodman     121
From coffeehouse to parlour: the consumption of coffee, tea and sugar in north-western Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries   Woodruff D. Smith     142
Tobacco use and tobacco taxation: a battle of interests in early modern Europe   Jacob M. Price     158
Globalizing ganja: the British Empire and international cannabis traffic c. 1834 to c. 1939   James H. Mills     178
Japan and the world narcotics traffic   Kathryn Meyer     194
Therise and fall and rise of cocaine in the United States   David T. Courtwright     215
Building castles of spit: the role of khat in work, ritual and leisure   Axel Klein   Susan Beckerleg     238
Afterword   Jordan Goodman   Paul E. Lovejoy     255
Selected bibliography     261
Index     269
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