A History of Alcohol and Drugs in Modern South Asia: by Harald Fischer-Tiné,Jana Tschurenev

By Harald Fischer-Tiné,Jana Tschurenev

At the start of the twenty first century, alcoholism, transnational drug trafficking and drug habit represent significant difficulties in a variety of South Asian international locations. The construction, circulate and intake of intoxicating elements created (and replied to) social upheavals within the sector and had frequent fiscal, political and cultural repercussions on a global point. This ebook seems on the cultural, social, and fiscal background of intoxicants in South Asia, and analyses the position that alcohol and medicine have performed within the region.

The publication explores the linkages among altering meanings of intoxicating elements, the making of and contestations over colonial and nationwide regimes of legislation, economics, and practices and reviews of intake. It indicates the improvement of present meanings of intoxicants in South Asia – when it comes to politics, cultural norms and id formation – and how within which the background of gear and alcohol is enmeshed within the historical past of recent empires and country states — even in a rustic within which a staunch teetotaller and energetic anti-drug crusader like Mohandas Gandhi is gifted because the ‘father of the nation’.

Primarily a old research, the booklet additionally comprises views from smooth Indology and Cultural Anthropology and situates advancements in South Asia in wider imperial and worldwide contexts. it truly is of curiosity to students engaged on the social and cultural heritage of alcohol and medicine, South Asian stories and international History.

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