Consuming Habits: Drugs in History and Anthropology

Synopsis

Psychoactive substances have been central to the formation of civilizations and the growth of the world economy. Consuming Habits describes how and why:* tea and coffee replaced beer on the breakfast tables of 18th century Europe* in Islamic emirates at the turn of the century kola nuts formed part of tax payments, and were given as gifts by so-called 'big men'* in 1902 opera singers had their doctors prescribe them cocaine to aid singing* the original version of 'coca-cola' was described as a 'brain tonic.'This pioneering collection of original essays explores the rich analytical category of psychoactive substances from challenging historical and anthropological perspectives.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Andrew Sherratt
  • Stephen Hugh-Jones
  • Alexander Von Gernet
  • Eric Hirsch
  • Paul E. Lovejoy
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1995