Readings

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This section contains the readings for the course. Since participation counts as 20% towards a student's grade, students are expected to complete the readings for each session before class.

Books

Amazon logo Weil, Andrew, and Winifred Rosen. From Chocolate to Morphine. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1976. ISBN: 9780618483792.

Amazon logo Myerhoff, Barbara. Peyote Hunt: The Sacred Journey of the Huichol Indians. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1976. ISBN: 9780801491375.

Amazon logo Bourgois, Philippe. In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1996. ISBN: 9780521574600.

Amazon logo Slater, Lauren. Prozac® Diary. New York, NY: Penguin, 1998. ISBN: 9780140263947.

Amazon logo Angell, Marcia. The Truth About the Drug Companies: How they Deceive Us and What to do about it. New York, NY: Random House, 2004. ISBN: 9780375508462.

Recommended Readings

Amazon logo Kuhn, Cynthia, Scott Swartzwelder, and Wilkie Wilson. Buzzed: The Straight Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs From Alcohol to Ecstasy. New York, NY: Norton, 1998. ISBN: 9780393317329.

Amazon logo Inciardi, James, and Karen McElrath, eds. The American Drug Scene: An Anthology. 3rd ed. Los Angeles, CA: Roxbury, 2000. ISBN: 9781891487361.

Amazon logo Goode, Erich. Drugs in American Society. 6th ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2004. ISBN: 9780072874983.

Go Ask Alice.

Readings by Session

The table below provides information about the course's lecture (L) and quiz (Q) sessions.

ses # TOPICS READINGS
L1 Introduction
L2 Some Preliminary Ideas Weil, and Rosen. From Chocolate to Morphine. pp. 9-35 and 161-182.

Amazon logo Schivelbusch, Wolfgang. Tastes of Paradise: A Social History of Spices, Stimulants, and Intoxicants. New York, NY: Vintage, 1993, pp. 15-84 and 167-187. ISBN: 9780679744382.

Becker, Howard. "Becoming a Marihuana User." American Journal of Sociology 59 (1953): 235-242.

Amazon logo Zailkas, Koren. "First Taste." From Her Smashed: Story of a Drunken Childhood. New York, NY: Viking, 2005, pp. 3-25. ISBN: 9780670033768.

Amazon logo Lenson, David. "Preface," and "User Construction." In On Drugs. Minneapolis, MN: Minnesota Press, 1995, pp. ix-xx and 55-64. ISBN: 9780816627103.
L3 Alcohol in the U.S.

Movie: Reefer Madness
Amazon logo Kuhn, Cynthia, Scott Swartzwelder, and Wilkie Wilson. "Alcohol." In Buzzed: The Straight Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs From Alcohol to Ecstasy. New York, NY: W.W. Norton, 1998, pp. 29-54. ISBN: 9780393045888.

Amazon logo Lender, Mark, and James Martin. Drinking in America: A History. New York, NY: Free Press, 1987, pp. 41-86, 102-168, and 182-191. ISBN: 9780029185704.

Wechsler, Henry. "Health and Behavioral Consequences of Binge Drinking in College." Journal of the American Medical Association 272, no. 21 (1994): 1672-1676.

Amazon logo Seaman, Barrett. "The Campus Alcohol Crisis," and "What's the Right Drinking Age?" Chapters 5 and 11 in Binge: What your College Student won't Tell you: Campus Life in an Age of Disconnection and Excess. Hoboken, NJ: Jonathan Wiley, 2005. ISBN: 9780471491194.

Amazon logo Schivelbusch, Wolfgang. Tastes of Paradise: A Social History of Spices, Stimulants, and Intoxicants. New York, NY: Vintage, 1993, pp. 147-166. ISBN: 9780679744382.
L4 Alcohol Across Cultures

Guest Speaker: Alcoholics Anonymous
Mandelbaum, David. "Alcohol and Culture." Current Anthropology 6, no. 3 (1965): 281-288.

Leacock, Seth. "Ceremonial Drinking in an Afro-Brazilian Cult." American Anthropologist 66, no. 2 (1964): 344-354.

Amazon logo Scully, Pamela. "Liquor and Labor in the Western Cape, 1870-1900." In Liquor and Labor in Southern Africa. Edited by Jonathan Crush and Charles Ambler. Athens, OH: Ohio State University Press, 1992, pp. 56-77. ISBN: 9780821410271.

Amazon logo Burovoy, Amy. The Too-Good Wife: Alcohol, Codependency, and the Politics of Nurturance in Postwar Japan. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2005, pp. 1-15, and 42-66. ISBN: 9780520244528.

Spicer, Paul. "Toward a (Dys)functional Anthropology of Drinking: Ambivalence and the American Indian Experience with Alcohol." Medical Anthropology Quarterly 11, no. 3 (1993): 306-323.

Amazon logo Erdrich, Louise. "Foreword." In The Broken Cord. Edited by Michael Dorris. New York, NY: Harper & Row, 1989, pp. xi-xx. ISBN: 9780060160715.
L5 "Primitive" Drugs

Documentary: The Peyote Road
Myerhoff, Barbara. Peyote Hunt: The Sacred Journey of the Huichol Indians. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1974.

Calabrese, Joseph. "The Supreme Court Versus Peyote: Consciousness, Alteration, Cultural Psychiatry and the Dilemma of Contemporary Subcultures." Anthropology of Consciousness 12, no. 2 (2001): 4-19.
L6 Drugs and American Counterculture

Movie: Timothy Leary is Dead
Amazon logo Stevens, Jay. Storming Heaven: LSD and the American Dream. New York, NY: Harper Perennial, 1988, pp. 136-170 and 291-319. ISBN: 9780060971724.

Amazon logo Eisner, Bruce. "Dazed in the Desert at the End of Time." In Tripping: An Anthology of True-Life Psychedelic Adventures. Edited by Charles Hayes. New York, NY: Penguin, 2000, pp. 78-85. ISBN: 9780140195743.

Amazon logo Collin, Matthew. "The Chemical Generation." Chapter 8 in Altered State: The Story of Ecstasy Culture and Acid House. London, UK: Serpent's Tail, 1998, pp. 267-316. ISBN: 9781852426040.

Amazon logo Lenson, David. "Acid Metaphysics." In On Drugs. Minneapolis, MN: Minnesota Press, 1995, pp. 143-158. ISBN: 9780816627103.
L7 Cocaine, Latin America and Globalization Amazon logo Morales, Edmundo. Cocaine: White Gold Rush in Peru. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press, 1989, pp. 13-24, 67-93, and 121-158. ISBN: 9780816510665.

Amazon logo Roldan, Mary. "Columbia: Cocaine and the 'Miracle' of Modernity in Medellin." In Cocaine: Global Histories. Edited by Paul Gootenberg. New York, NY: Routledge Press, 1999, pp. 165-182. ISBN: 9780415220019.

Amazon logo Taussig, Michael. My Cocaine Museum. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2004, pp. 13-20. ISBN: 9780226790084.
L8 Cocaine Consumption Amazon logo Freud, Sigmund. "On Coca." Reprinted in White Lines: Writers on Cocaine. Edited by Stephen Hyde and Geno Zanetti. New York, NY: Thunder's Mouth Press, 2002, pp. 26-49. ISBN: 9781560253785.

Amazon logo Lenson, David. "Blow Money: Cocaine, Currency and Consumerism." In On Drugs. Minneapolis, MN: Minnesota Press, 1995, pp.173-178. ISBN: 9780816627103.

Bourgois, Philippe. Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1996, introduction and chapters 1-2.
Q1 Quiz 1
L9 Crack Dealers

Guest Speakers
Finish Bourgois.
L10 The War on Drugs Office of National Drug Control Policy

Swiss Federal Office of Public Health. Swiss Drugs Policy (undated). (skim.)

Musto, David F. "Opium, Cocaine and Marijuana in American History." Scientific American (1991): 21-33.

Amazon logo Booth, Martin. "The Fantasy Traders." In Opium: A History by Martin Booth. New York, NY: Thomas Dunne Books, 1998, pp. 108-139. ISBN: 9780312186432.

Amazon logo Risen, James. "Losing Afghanistan." Chapter 7 in State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration. New York, NY: Free Press, 2006, pp. 149-172. ISBN: 9780743270663.

Amazon logo Schlosser, Eric. "Reefer Madness." Chapter 1 in Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American black market. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 2003, pp. 11-74. ISBN: 9780618334667.
L11 The War on Drugs (cont.) Amazon logo Bertram, Eve, Morris Blachman, Kenneth Sharpe, and Peter Andreas. "Three Fatal Flaws in the War on Drugs." In Drug War Politics. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1996, pp.9-31. ISBN: 9780520203099.

Amazon logo Marez, Curtis. "Introduction." In Drug Wars: The Political Economy of Narcotics. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2004, pp. 1-31. ISBN: 9780816640591.

Shenk, Joshua Wolf. "America's Altered States." Harper's, May 1999, 38-52.

Amazon logo Lenson, David. "Pharmaka and Pharmakos," and "Toward a Diversity of Consciousness." In On Drugs. Minneapolis, MN: Minnesota Press, 1995, pp.7-24 and 189-201. ISBN: 9780816627103.
L12 Modern Pharmaceuticals: Sex Amazon logo Tone, Andrea. Devices and Desires: A History of Contraceptives in America. New York, NY: Hill and Wang, 2001, chapters 4 (optional), 10, and epilogue, pp. 67-87, 233-260, and 285-292. ISBN: 9780809038176.

Amazon logo Loe, Meika. The Rise of Viagra®: How the Little Blue Pill Changed Sex in America. New York, NY: New York University Press, 2004, chapters 1, 4, and 6, pp. 7-28, 95-124, and 167-182. ISBN: 9780814752005.

Silverstein, Ken. "Millions for Viagra®, Pennies for the Poor." The Nation, July 19, 1999, 13-19.
Q2 Quiz 2
L13 Modern Pharmaceuticals: Prozac®

Documentary: Happy Valley
Kramer, Peter. "The Message in the Capsule." In Listening to Prozac®: A Psychiatrist Explores Antidepressant Drugs and the Remaking of the Self. New York, NY: Viking, 1993.

Slater, Lauren. Prozac® Diary.
L14 Big Pharma Angell, Marcia. The Truth About the Drug Companies.