Diseases of the Will: Alcohol and the Dilemmas of Freedom

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 28, 1998 - Law - 251 pages
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While associated with comfort and pleasure, alcohol continues to be 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. Paradoxically, excessive drinking has been perceived to weaken 'the free will' and to be simultaneously caused by a weakness of the will. Valverde explores how the notion of a free will has been challenged by ideas about addiction. Based on years of original research, and drawing on North American, British and other sources, this book discusses nineteenth century 'dipsomania', the history of inebriate homes, postwar American notions of 'the alcoholic personality', Alcoholics Anonymous, fetal alcohol education, and liquor control and licencing.
  

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Until the late 19th century, 'alcoholism' meant physiological damage - cirrhosis and so on - rather than some kind of predilection. This book describes how political and legal movements were linked ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Diseases of the will
2
an uneasy relationship
5
Alcohol and governance
9
Continuity and change in the genealogy of freedom
14
Disease or Habit? Alcoholism and the Exercise of Freedom
23
Drinking and the soul
24
The dissemination of the twelve steps
29
the virtues and perils of eclecticism
110
alcohologys solution to Americas postwar dilemmas of ethnic diversity
115
The Power of Powerlessness Alcoholics Anonymous Techniques for Governing the Self
120
Powerlessness
128
Anonymity
129
No crosstalk
130
The Higher Power
133
slogans for daily living
135

habit
35
Repairing Diseased Wills Victorian Science and Pastoral Medicine before Alcoholism
43
monomania and dipsomania
45
the genealogy of addiction
50
maternal drinking and heredity debates
51
The will in Victorian science
59
building up the will through pastoral medicine
62
The Fragmentation of Inebriety
68
The medicalization crusade in North America
69
The British experiment with habitual drunkard legislation
76
the retreats
78
the inebriate reformatories
83
the Salvation Armys work with drunkards
88
The return of habit
92
The end of legal inebriety
94
Enlightened Hedonism The Emergence of Alcohol Science in the United States
96
Personality dependency and masculinity
104
AAs ambiguous pragmatism
137
The Liquor of Government and the Government of Liquor
143
the contradictions of liquor control
145
the imaginary saloon in the postrepeal period
153
Aboriginality alcohol and the fear of excess
162
Reducing Risks Replacing Fluids
171
controlled or moderate drinking
172
from mothers of the race to guardians of fetal health
179
Replacement fluids
182
Judicial Diagnostics Intoxicated Automatism and the Resurrection of the Will
190
the legal disease of automatism
192
The resurrection of the will
199
The dispersal of diseases of the will
201
The Twelve Steps
206
Notes
207
Index
241
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Mariana Valverde teaches sociology at York University.

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