Diseases of the Will: Alcohol and the Dilemmas of Freedom - Cambridge Studies in Law and Society (Paperback)
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Diseases of the Will: Alcohol and the Dilemmas of Freedom - Cambridge Studies in Law and Society (Paperback)

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Paperback 264 Pages / Published: 28/10/1998
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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 inebriate homes, Alcoholics Anonymous, fetal alcohol education and liquor control. It will appeal to readers in legal studies, criminology, sociology, psychology, social theory and the history of medicine.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521644693
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 390 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"[This book] is theoretically ambitious and yet it achieves these ambitions and then some. It sets a standard for historical sociology that is frequently not met. Rich empirical evidence and wonderful illustrations tether complex arguments. The book represents a significant contribution to the growing literature and research on freedom and control. In short, Valverde achieves her worthy ambition to understand just what we, in our specific historical moment, are doing." Economy and Society
"Mariana's Valverde's book, Diseases of the WIll, makes a significant contribution that will provide a foundation for all future discussions about addiction and the nature and limits of human freedom and responsibility." William L. White, Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences

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