Product Description Why are some psychoactive substances regarded as âdangerous drugsâ, to be controlled by the criminal law within a global prohibition regime, whilst others â from alcohol and tobacco, through to those we call âmedicinesâ âÂ are seen and regulated very differently? A History of Drugs traces a genealogy of the construction and governance of the âdrug problemâ over the past 200 years, calling into question some of the most fundamental ideas in this field: from âaddictionâ to the very concept of âdrugsâ. At the heart of the book is the claim that it was with the emergence in the late eighteenth century of modern liberal capitalism, with its distinctive emphasis on freedom, that our concerns about the consumption of some of these substances began to grow.Â And, indeed, notions of freedom, free will and responsibility remain central to the drug question today. Pursuing an innovative inter-disciplinary approach, A History of Drugs provides an informed and insightful account of the origins of contemporary drug policy. It will be essential reading for students and academics working in law, criminology, sociology, social policy, history and political science. Review 'As a platform for first understanding the nature of âdrug problemsâ and, thereby, allowing one to challenge them, Seddonâs book is invaluable.' -Psychedelic Press UK, psypressuk.com, posted 15 June 2012 About the Author Toby Seddon is Senior Research Fellow in the School of Law at the University of Manchester where he is also Director of the Regulation, Security and Justice Research Centre. He is author of Punishment and Madness (Routledge-Cavendish).