By Ilana Mountian

In this significant contribution to the sphere, Ilana Mountian severely analyses discourses surrounding drug habit, drug prohibition, remedy and prevention, and highlights new methods of knowing the function that gender performs within the ethics of drug use throughout cultures.

The publication analyses the discourses of faith, illegal activity and medication, and exhibits how they, mixed with key ancient occasions, have an effect on our perspectives of drug use and drug clients in accordance with gender, race and sophistication.

The e-book attracts on study from a number of fields to supply replacement conceptual and methodological views at the topic, including:
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Cultural Ecstasies is an cutting edge research of gear and habit, and should be of significant curiosity to scholars, researchers and execs operating in psychology, sociology, social paintings, healthiness care, criminology, and allied disciplines.

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Although the World Health Organization classifies narcotic drugs in medicine as a ‘chemical agent that induces stupor, coma, or insensibility to pain (also called narcotic analgesic)’ (United Nations Office for Drug Control and Drug Historical discourses of drugs 27 Prevention, 2003), in contemporary discourses, this term is applied for a wide range of drugs that, on the one hand, are not narcotics and, on the other hand, include too many different substances that have different effects among them (such as cocaine, marijuana, heroin), thus bringing more uncertainty to the definition.

The practitioners were known as ‘alienists’ who worked in asylums. Lunbeck (1994) points out that medicine was a combination of moral and religious thoughts, therefore carrying punitive practices. Psychiatry started occupying an important position in relation to identifying and classifying pathologies, where diagnosis was an essential element of its practice. Only few would challenge the diagnosis and, in fact, they would on the contrary expect psychiatrists to determine if the person was ill, insane or in need of care.

Therefore, for the current discussion on discourses of drugs, it seems that drugs and their immediate counterpart, addiction, cannot be discursively separated. In Chapter 4, I explore in more detail definitions of addiction, and moral dichotomies implied within drug terminologies. 28 Historical discourses of drugs For the religious understandings of drugs, most Christian traditions consider drugs evil, impure substances that should be extinguished, when not used by the rituals themselves (Escohotado, 1998).

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