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Out of It: A Cultural History of Intoxication

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“Who will ever relate the whole history of narcotica? It is almost the history of ‘culture,’ of our

so-called higher culture.”

—Friedrich Nietzsche, 1882

With Nietzsche’s question as his objective, Stuart Walton begins Out of It: A Cultural History of Intoxication—a heterodox and throughly engaging examination of intoxicants, from the more everyday substances of alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco to the illicit realm of opiates, amphetamines, and hallucinogens. More than a mere catalog of intoxicants, however, Walton’s book is a smart, wry look at why intoxication has always been a part of the human experience—from our earliest Stone Age rituals to the practices of the ancient Greeks and Romans, right on through the Victorian era and ending with a flourish in modern times—and more significantly, why the use of intoxicants is, and will continue to be, an essential part of being human.

Using gastronomy as an example, Walton illustrates that just as the study of food history was

relatively unheard of until the 1970s, so too “intoxicology” has yet to be recognized as a richly warranted field of study. Though intoxication may not be considered as essential to human existence as food, and carries the unjust stigma of criminality, Walton proposes that it is “an integral part of Western civilization, and that we would do better to accept and celebrate that fact instead of making it a matter of criminal sanctions and repression.”

The conclusions Walton draws cut across the grain of today’s prevailing attitudes and fuel an important and often neglected debate, ultimately establishing that intoxication is not only a fundamental human right but, in fact, a biological imperative.

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Offers a thought-provoking look at the role and use of intoxicating drugs in human society, from a historical, anthropological, sociological, and medical perspective, past and present. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

STUART WALTON is a cultural historian, journalist, and the author of numerous books on the subject of wine and liquors.

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Table of Contents

1. Intoxicology — 2. The ridiculous and the sublime — 3. The fourth deadly sin — 4. From Gin Lane to Crack City — 5. Living outside the law — 6. Out of it — 7. Hitting the bottle for inspiration — Conclusion : coming round.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307421401
Subtitle:
A Cultural History of Intoxication
Publisher:
Three Rivers Press
Author:
Walton, Stuart
Author:
Stuart Walton
Subject:
Social Science : Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Self-Help : Substance Abuse & Addictions - Alcoholism
Subject:
Social Science : Customs & Traditions
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Substance Abuse & Addictions - Alcoholism
Subject:
Alcoholism
Subject:
Narcotic habit
Subject:
Temperance
Subject:
American Studies-Drugs and Culture
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20031028
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
384

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Health and Self-Help » Recovery and Addiction » Drug and Alcohol Addiction
Health and Self-Help » Recovery and Addiction » General
History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Anthropology » General

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"Synopsis" by , Offers a thought-provoking look at the role and use of intoxicating drugs in human society, from a historical, anthropological, sociological, and medical perspective, past and present. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , STUART WALTON is a cultural historian, journalist, and the author of numerous books on the subject of wine and liquors.

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