Drink Spiking and Predatory Drugging: A Modern History

Springer
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This book analyses common perceptions about drink-spiking, a pervasive fear for many and sometimes a troubling reality. Ideas about spiked drinks have shaped the way we think about drugs, alcohol, criminal law, risk, nightspots, and socializing for over one hundred and fifty years, since the rise of modern anaesthesia and synthetic 'pharma-ubiquity'. The book offers a wide-ranging look at the constantly shifting cultural and gender politics of 'psycho-chemical treachery'.
It provides rich case histories, assesses evolving scientific knowledge, and analyses the influence of social forces as disparate as Temperance and the acid enthusiasts of the 1960s. Drawing on interdisciplinary research, the book will be of great interest to upper-level students and scholars of criminal law, forensic science, public health, and social movements.
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About the author

Pamela Donovan is a US sociologist and criminologist. She holds PhD in Sociology from The Graduate Center, City University of New York, USA. She has taught courses in social theory, criminology, victimology, and social problems. Her previous works include No Way of Knowing: Crime, Urban Legends, and the Internet (2004).
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Publisher
Springer
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Published on
Jul 4, 2016
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Pages
294
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ISBN
9781137575173
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Language
English
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Genres
Law / Criminal Law / General
Medical / History
Medical / Public Health
Social Science / Criminology
Social Science / Sociology / General
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