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Diseases of the Will Alcohol and the Dilemmas of Freedom

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ISBN-10: 0521644690

ISBN-13: 9780521644693

Edition: 1998

Authors: Mariana Valverde, Christopher Arup, Martin Chanock, Sally Engle Merry, Pat O'Malley

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While associated with comfort and pleasure, alcohol has been and is a problem substance, both for medical and political authorities and for many drinkers. In this broad-ranging and innovative historical-sociological investigation, Valverde explores the ways in which both authorities and individual consumers have defined and managed the pleasures and dangers of alcoholic beverages. The author explores the question of free will versus determinism and how it has been challenged by ideas about addiction, morality and psychology during the last 150 years. The book draws on sources from the US, UK, Canada and elsewhere, and covers topics including nineteenth century dipsomania, the history of…    
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Book details

List price: $51.00
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/28/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Mariana Valverde is professor in and director of the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto. She is the author of several books, including Law's Dream of a Common Knowledge.

Introduction
Disease or habit? Alcoholism and the exercise of freedom
Repairing diseased wills: Victorian science and pastoral medicine before 'alcoholism'
The fragmentation of inebriety
'Enlightened hedonism': the emergence of alcohol science in the US
The power of powerlessness: Alcoholics Anonymous techniques for governing the self
The liquor of government and the government of liquor
Reducing risks, replacing fluids
Judicial diagnostics: 'Intoxicated Automatism' and the resurrection of the will