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Cultures of Intoxication

Key Issues and Debates

  • Fiona Hutton

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Fiona Hutton
    Pages 1-14
  3. ‘Drugs’ and Intoxication

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Antonia Lyons, Kate Kersey
      Pages 17-43
    3. Angus Bancroft
      Pages 67-86
    4. Nicolas Droste, Amy Pennay, Amy Peacock, Peter Miller
      Pages 111-135
  4. Diverse Intoxications

  5. Representations of Intoxication

  6. Responses to Intoxication

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 283-283
    2. Robin Room
      Pages 285-309
    3. Adrian Barton
      Pages 311-333
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 335-343

About this book


This book considers the global discourses and debates about ‘intoxication’, engaging in critical academic discussion around this concept. The problems in defining intoxication are considered, alongside the meanings of intoxication and how these meanings often differ across diverse drug using populations. The way that intoxication has been engaged with over the centuries has affected how particular groups are perceived and responded to, resulting in punitive responses such as drug prohibition, alongside harsh treatment of those who are seen to transgress societal norms and values. Therefore, this collection seeks to unsettle dominant discourses about intoxication and to consider this concept in new, critical ways. Ways of being intoxicated are also defined in this book in their broadest sense; from ‘energy drinks’ and other legal drugs, to recreational use of illicit drugs such as ecstasy, to ‘problematic’ drug use. 


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Editors and affiliations

  • Fiona Hutton
    • 1
  1. 1.Victoria UniversityWellingtonNew Zealand

About the editors

Fiona Hutton is Associate Professor at the Institute of Criminology, Victoria University, New Zealand. She has taught and researched in the academic discipline of Criminology - specifically in the areas of criminological theory, gender, youth crime and cultures, drug policy, harm reduction, alcohol and other drugs - for the past twenty years. 

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