Opium-smoking in Australia 1850-1915

Gillett, A.K. (1986). Opium-smoking in Australia 1850-1915 Honours Thesis, School of History, Philosophy, Religion & Classics, The University of Queensland.

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Author Gillett, A.K.
Thesis Title Opium-smoking in Australia 1850-1915
School, Centre or Institute School of History, Philosophy, Religion & Classics
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1986
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Raymond Evans
Total pages 339
Language eng
Subjects L
430101 History - Australian
Formatted abstract

Every study of drug use is a study of societal relationships. The upsurge in the last twenty years of interest in the history and effects of drugs in various communities can be seen as an expression of tensions within both Western and Third-World countries resulting from the popularisation of the "counter-culture" drug use of the 1960's and the growing significance of the illicit heroin. and more 1 recently cocaine, industries. Western communities have a consciousness that these phenomena represent growing centrifugal forces working against both national and international consensus, whether concerns focus on the individual's alienation from the behavioural codes of his society, the underworld corporation's diversion of the economy, or the Third-World nation's economic self-interest, in conflict with the moral self-interest of the Western world. To consume any drug is to effect some change in the physiology or behaviour of the user, and thereby, potentially the user's relationship with society. It is for this reason that, since the earliest human communities of which we have record, societies have endeavoured to control the supply and intake of drugs, whether each substance has been considered a therapeutic or 'recreational' agent. Individuals at odds with their society have often resorted, however unconsciously, to an alternative form of drug use as both an expression of and a vehicle for their alienation. Such practices have drawn some ……………………………………

Keyword drug use
societal relationship

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