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Drink spiking and predatory drugging : a modern history / Pamela Donovan.

  • Donovan, Pamela
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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 150 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 analyzes 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.


New York : Palgrave Macmillan, [2016]

Physical description

viii, 294 pages ; 22 cm

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (pages 283-284) and index.


Introduction -- Chloral and its Sisters : Synthetic Genesis and Parallel Demon -- Good Girls, Hyenas, and Cheap Novel Fiends : The Scourge of Chloral at the Turn of the Twentieth Century -- Baby, It's Cold War Outside : An Era of Pharma-Ubiquity -- A "New" Problem Appears in the 1990s : The Birth of the Contemporary Date Rape Drugs Scare -- Who and Where are the Druggers? -- What Do We Know (and Not Know) About Predatory Drugging? -- Drugs, Drinking, College, and Warding Off Blame -- Conclusion.



  • English

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