Out of It

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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, 1882With Nietzsches question as his objective, Stuart Walton begins Out of It: A Cultural History of Intox…
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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, 1882With Nietzsches question as his objective, Stuart Walton begins Out of It: A Cultural History of Intoxicationa 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, Waltons book is a smart, wry look at why intoxication has always been a part of the human experiencefrom 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 timesand 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 todays 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.From the Hardcover edition.

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    ePUB
    Utgivelsesår
    2007
    Forlag
    Crown/Archetype
    Språk
    Engelsk
    ISBN
    9780307421401
    Sider
    384

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