Diseases of the Will: Alcohol and the Dilemmas of Freedom / Edition 1

Diseases of the Will: Alcohol and the Dilemmas of Freedom / Edition 1

by Mariana Valverde
     
 

While associated with comfort and pleasure, alcohol continues to be a 'problem' substance, both for medical and political authorities and for many drinkers. In this broad-ranging and innovative historical-sociological investigation, Valverde explores the ways in which both authorities and individual consumers have defined and managed the pleasures and dangers of… See more details below

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While associated with comfort and pleasure, alcohol continues to be a 'problem' substance, both for medical and political authorities and for many drinkers. In this broad-ranging and innovative historical-sociological investigation, Valverde explores the ways in which both authorities and individual consumers have defined and managed the pleasures and dangers of alcoholic beverages. Paradoxically, excessive drinking has been perceived to weaken 'the free will' and to be simultaneously caused by a weakness of the will. Valverde explores how the notion of a free will has been challenged by ideas about addiction. Based on years of original research, and drawing on North American, British and other sources, this book discusses nineteenth century 'dipsomania', the history of inebriate homes, postwar American notions of 'the alcoholic personality', Alcoholics Anonymous, fetal alcohol education, and liquor control and licencing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521644693
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2005
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Law and Society Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction1
1Disease or Habit? Alcoholism and the Exercise of Freedom23
2Repairing Diseased Wills: Victorian Science and Pastoral Medicine before Alcoholism43
3The Fragmentation of Inebriety68
4Enlightened Hedonism: The Emergence of Alcohol Science in the United States96
5The Power of Powerlessness: Alcoholics Anonymous' Techniques for Governing the Self120
6The Liquor of Government and the Government of Liquor143
7Reducing Risks, Replacing Fluids171
8Judicial Diagnostics: Intoxicated Automatism and the Resurrection of the Will190
Appendix: The Twelve Steps206
Notes207
Index241

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