1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Intoxicants and Intoxication

Edited By Geoffrey Hunt, Tamar Antin, Vibeke Asmussen Frank Copyright 2023
    640 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    640 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    Chapters 15 and 31 of this book are freely available as downloadable Open Access PDFs at http://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons [Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND)] 4.0 license.


    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


    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.