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.

chapter |9 pages


BySusannah Wilson

chapter 1|23 pages

Misconceptualizing Prohibition

Problems with American Cultural Explanations
ByMark Lawrence Schrad

chapter 2|18 pages

From Universal Relaxant to Oriental Vice

Race and French Perceptions of Opium Use in the Moment of Global Control
ByAro Velmet

chapter 3|20 pages

A Medicine for the Soul

Morphine and Prohibition in the French Cultural Imagination, 1870–1940
BySusannah Wilson

chapter 4|22 pages

“To Save the Mexican Race from Degeneration”

The Influence of American Protestant Groups on Temperance and Prohibition in Mexico, 1916–1933 1
ByCecilia Autrique Escobar

chapter 6|22 pages

The Dialectics of Dope

Leopoldo Salazar Viniegra, the Myth of Marijuana, and Mexico’s State Drug Monopoly
ByBenjamin T. Smith

chapter 7|17 pages

Reassessing the “Drug-Free Country”

Drug Abuse, the Soviet State, and Contemporary Russian Drug Policy
ByPavel Vasilyev

chapter 8|20 pages

Re-thinking the “War on Drugs”

Reagan’s Militarization of Drug Control
ByEmily Crick

chapter 9|20 pages

Drug Prohibition and the End of Human Rights

Race, “Evil,” and the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961
ByKojo Koram

chapter 10|19 pages

Drugs Decriminalization

The Art of Governing Drug Using Populations
ByIan Walmsley

chapter 12|20 pages

From Harm to Psychoactivity

The Clarity of Morality in the 2016 Psychoactive Substances Act 1
ByWill Haydock

chapter 13|12 pages

Honor’d in the Breach

Contravention and Consensus in the History of Substance Prohibition
ByStuart Walton