By Pamela Donovan
This ebook analyses universal perceptions approximately drink-spiking, a pervasive worry for plenty of and occasionally a troubling truth. principles approximately spiked beverages have formed the best way we predict approximately medicinal drugs, alcohol, legal legislation, threat, nightspots, and socializing for over 100 and fifty years, because the upward push of contemporary anaesthesia and artificial 'pharma-ubiquity'. The ebook deals a wide-ranging examine the regularly moving cultural and gender politics of 'psycho-chemical treachery'.
It offers wealthy case histories, assesses evolving medical wisdom, and analyses the effect of social forces as disparate as Temperance and the acid fanatics of the Sixties. Drawing on interdisciplinary learn, the booklet might be of serious curiosity to upper-level scholars and students of legal legislations, forensic technological know-how, public health and wellbeing, and social movements.
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Temperance changed the balance of worries. Once the “rum-sellers” themselves came under increasing legal pressure, particularly in civil courts, to be liable for the exploits of the intemperate, general scrutiny and suspicion of their motives followed, encouraged by the evolving and more aggressive Temperance movement that favored restrictive and strongly enforced measures against alcohol. 11 Garrett Oliver, “Adulteration,” The Oxford Companion to Beer, (New York: Oxford University Press), 14–16.
Stead posed as a girl buyer and potential seller. It was so widely read and embraced that it reenergized support for parliamentary action to raise the age of sexual consent from 13 to 16. Stead also linked prostitution with class power and conflict, albeit in a direct rather than structural way. ” Did the Pall Mall Gazette’s readers need to believe that the poor and working-class girls were directly coerced (drugged, held captive, raped) in order to afford them any sympathy? Or did the sensational, in extremis elements appeal more directly to an audience normally caught up in dry parliamentary proposals?
The legendary Barbary Coast port in San Francisco had always been known for its sailor’s good times—seafaring men always desired to go there, and sometimes they did not want to leave. Famously, for instance, the same 1849 Gold Rush that brought more ships to California also meant that sailors abandoned the ships in droves, seeking their own fortune in the area. It would take more than standard conditions to lure the men back on board. ”44 43 Ronald Hope, Poor Jack: the perilous history of the merchant seaman, London: Chatham, 2001, 249–254 44 Stan Hugill, Sailortown, London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1967; quoted in Hope, 2001, 252.