This volume is a new contribution to the dynamic scholarly discussion of the control and regulation of psychoactive substances in culture and society. Offering new critical reflections on the reasons prohibitions have historically arisen, the book analyses "prohibitions" as ambivalent and tenuous interactions between the users of psychoactive substances and regulators of their use. This original collection of essays engages with contemporary debates concerning addiction, intoxication and drug regulation, and will be of interest to scholars in the arts, humanities and social sciences interested in narratives of prohibition and their social and cultural meanings.
Susannah Wilson is Associate Professor in French Studies the University of Warwick. Her research focuses on medical cultures of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century France. She is the author of Voices from the Asylum: Four French Women Writers, 1850-1920 (Oxford University Press, 2010). She held a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from 2011-2014 and currently holds a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for a book project on the cultural history of morphine in France.