Routledge Handbook of Intoxicants and Intoxication  book cover
1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Intoxicants and Intoxication

ISBN 9780367178703
Published November 30, 2022 by Routledge
640 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations

FREE Standard Shipping
USD $250.00

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

Bringing together scholars from different disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, this multidisciplinary Handbook offers a comprehensive critical overview of intoxicants and intoxication.

The Handbook is divided into 34 chapters across eight thematic sections covering a wide range of issues, including the meanings of intoxicants; the social life of intoxicants; intoxication settings; intoxication practices; alternative approaches to the study of intoxication; scapegoated intoxicants; discourses shaping intoxication; and changing notions of excess. It explores a range of different intoxicants, including alcohol, tobacco, coffee, tea, and legal and illicit drugs, including amphetamine, cannabis, ecstasy, khat, methadone, and opiates. Chapter length case studies explore these intoxicants in a variety of countries, including the USA, the UK, Australia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Denmark, Ireland, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Singapore, and Sweden, across a broad timespan covering the nineteenth century to the present day.

This wide-ranging Handbook will be of great interest to researchers, students, and instructors within the humanities and social sciences with an interest in a wide range of different intoxicants and different intoxication practices.

Chapter 10 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at under a Creative Commons [Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND)] 4.0 license.

Table of Contents


Geoffrey Hunt, Tamar M.J. Antin and Vibeke Asmussen Frank

Theme I: The meanings of intoxicants

1. Intoxications and their meanings

Craig Reinarman

2. Nic'd up: a practice theory approach to understanding vaping nicotine as intoxication

Ruth Lewis, Emily Kaner & Tamar M.J. Antin

3. Recreational drug use as everyday life: explorations of young adults’ gendered motivations for taking drugs in Nigeria

Emeka W. Dumbili, MaryJane Nnajiofor & Emmanuel C. Ezekwe

4. When the clock takes over: hangovers in twentieth-century British and American fiction and poetry

Jonathon Shears

Theme II: Social life of intoxicants

5. Intoxicating consumption: capitalism and the commodification of pleasure

Gerda Reith

6. Producing planned hedonism among opiate users in an online drug market

Angus Bancroft

7. Craft drinks, connoisseurship and intoxication

Thomas Thurnell-Read

8. Ecstasy: a synthetic history of MDMA

Peder Clark

Theme III: Intoxicating settings

9. The social work of coffee: coffee consumption in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Bosnian diaspora

Ana Croegaert

10. Expanding intoxication: what can drinking places (c.1850-1950) tell us about other intoxicants and other sites?

James Kneale

11. Join us for drinks: intoxication, work and academic conferences

Helen Keane

12. Exploring the motivations and social organisation of intoxication in prison settings

Torsten Kolind and Karen Duke

13. How methadone becomes an intoxicant: the making of methadone within prisons in the Kyrgyz Republic

Lyu Azbel and Frederick L. Altice

14. Trades-offs between intoxication, safety, and sociability within a drug-consumption facility

Esben Houberg and Siv Schjøll Berge

15. Intoxicants in warfare

Lukasz Kamieński

Theme IV: Intoxication practices

16. Engaging with drug, set, and setting to understand nicotine use experiences and practices

Julia McQuoid

17. ‘Uninhibited play’: the political and pragmatic dimensions of intoxication within queer cultures

Kane Race, Kiran Pienaar, Dean Murphy & Toby Lea

18. Ritual to reflexivity - from promotion and problematisation of intoxication to proportionality

John O’Brien

Theme V: Alternative approaches for studying intoxication

19. Intoxication made visible: the sober sciences of intoxication, euphoria, and overdose in the laboratory

Nancy D. Campbell

20. Trip reports: exploring the experience of psychedelic intoxication

Jonas Bååth and Johan Nordgren

21. Passion, reason and the politics of intoxication: ontopolitically-oriented approaches to alcohol and other drug intoxication

Suzanne Fraser, Adrian Farrugia & Renae Fomiatti

Part VI: Scapegoated substances

22. Alcohol, slavery and race in Brazil during the long nineteenth century

Lucas Brunozi Avelar and Deborah Toner

23. Street-level policing, structural violence and habitus: accounts of street-involved cannabis users in Nigeria

Ediomo-Ubong E. Nelson

24. Ethnified intoxication – khat use and the Somali community in Sweden

Johan Nordgren

25. Symbolic meaning of the amphetamine-type stimulant problem throughout the restoration of Japanese society after WWII: drug control and the construction of the other

Akihiko Sato

Part VII: Discourses shaping intoxication and people who use intoxicants

26. Risk, intoxication and death: contemporary media framing of drug-related deaths

Susanne MacGregor and Betsy Thom

27. Clearing the air: toxic healthism and cigarette(s) (smoke) as (in)toxicant(s)

Qian Hui Tan

28. Fighting intoxication and addiction: international drug control as a self-perpetuating social system

Axel Klein

29. Handling complexity: constituting the relationship between intoxication and violence in Australian alcohol policy discourse

David Moore, Helen Keane, Duane Duncan & Emily Lenton

Part VIII: Notions of excess

30. Altered states: changing conditions of excess in European drinking cultures

Dorota Dias-Lewandowska, Laura Fenton, Sam Goodman & Beat Kümin

31. From ‘pledge’ to ‘public health’: medical responses to Ireland’s drinking culture, c. 1890-2018

Alice Mauger

32. ‘Drinking himself to death’: the chronic drunkard in British mid-Victorian fiction and culture

Pam Lock

33. Tea, addiction and late-Victorian narratives of degeneration, c.1860-1900

Ian Miller

34. Conceiving addiction: historical constructions of chronic intoxicant use

David Clemis

View More



Geoffrey Hunt is a Professor at the Centre for Alcohol and Drugs Research at Aarhus University, Denmark, and Director of the Institute for Scientific Analysis in San Francisco, USA.

Tamar M.J. Antin is the Founder and Director of the Center for Critical Public Health and a Senior Research Scientist at the Institute for Scientific Analysis in San Francisco, USA.

Vibeke Asmussen Frank is a Professor at the Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research at Aarhus University, Denmark.