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The Politics of Alcohol
Author: James Nicholls

ISBN: 9780719086373
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 17 July 2011
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6 x 1.5
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Questions about drink -- how it is used, how it should be regulated, and the social risks it presents -- have been the source of sustained and heated dispute in recent years. Nicholls puts these concerns in historical context by providing a detailed and extensive survey of public debates on alcohol from the introduction of licensing in the mid-sixteenth century through to recent controversies over 24-hour licensing, binge-drinking, and the cheap sale of alcohol in supermarkets. In doing so, he shows that concerns over drinking have always been inextricably tied to broader questions about national identity, individual freedom, and the relationship between government and the market. He argues that in order to properly understand the cultural status of alcohol, we need to consider what attitudes to drinking tell us about the principles that underpin our modern, liberal society.

The Politics of Alcohol presents a wide-ranging, accessible, and critically illuminating guide to the social, political, and cultural history of alcohol in England. Covering areas including law, public policy, medical thought, media representations, and po...

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