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White drug cultures and regulation in London, 1916-1960

Author: Christopher Hallam
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2018]
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This book traces the history of the London ‘white drugs’ (opiate and cocaine) subculture from the First World War to the end of the classic ‘British System’ of drug prescribing in the 1960s. It also examines the regulatory forces that tried to suppress non-medical drug use, in both their medical and juridical forms. Drugs subcultures were previously thought to have begun as part of the post-war youth culture, but in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: (OCoLC)1037810418
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Hallam
ISBN: 9783319947709 3319947702
OCLC Number: 1048402871
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Intro; Acknowledgements; Contents; Chapter 1: Introduction; Introduction: The Quiet Times; The Rolleston Committee and the British System; Exploring the Quiet Times; Sources; A Short Note Regarding Theoretical Approach; The Use of Hebdige's 'Subculture'; Sexual Subcultures and Drugs; Outline of the Book; Chapter 2: From Injudicious Prescribing to the Script Doctor: Transgressive Addiction Treatment in the Interwar Years; Introduction; The 1930s: A Key Decade; The Regulatory Background; Injudicious Prescribing; Dr Reginald Nitch Smith: Transgressive Practice Under DORA 40b Transgressive Prescribing: The GMC and the Problem Facing the Home OfficeThe Case of Dr Connor: 'A London Doctor Who Is Notorious for Giving Drug Prescriptions'; The Home Office, Rolleston and the Pursuit of Dr Connor; Addiction and the Struggle over Medical Authority; The 1930s and the Script Doctor: The Consolidation of Transgressive Prescribing; The Harley Street District; The Tribunal System and the GMC: Failure to Curtail Prescribing in the Quinlan Case; Script Doctors and the Professionalisation of Medicine; The Anticipation of Harm Reduction Practices? Chapter 3: The Chelsea Network and White Drug Use in the 1930sIntroduction; Cultural Conflict in Britain Between the Wars; Changes to the Composition of Britain's Upper Classes; Conceptual Tools and Further Characteristics of Drug Subcultures; The Functioning of the Chelsea Network: Doctors; The Countess Case: London, Paris and Transnational Drug Networks; Drug Use in the Chelsea Network; Entry into the Chelsea Network; Subcultural Perspectives on Drug Use; Public Injection and Subcultural Belonging; Drug Subcultures in the 1930s: A Road Less Travelled? Chapter 4: Heroin and the West End Life, c.1935-c.1938Introduction; West End Network: Composition and Leading Players; Functioning of the West End Network; The West End Life; At the Margins of the Night-Time Economy: Bottle Parties; Drugs and the Nightlife; Dance Hostesses; Bottle Parties and the Retailing of Drugs; Narrative and Counter-Narrative: Bella Gold in Court; Subcultural Geography of Drugs in the Late 1930s: Soho and Mayfair; The Rise and Fall of 'Mayfair Man'; The Night Bar and the End of the Network's Drug Business Chapter 5: The Regulation of Opiates Under the Classic British System, c.1920-c.1945Introduction; The Historiography of Interwar Opiate Regulation; The Origins of the Home Office Drugs Branch; Early Development of the Drugs Branch; The Retirement of Delevingne and the Formal Creation of the Drugs Branch; Police Inspection of Retail Chemist Shops: A Key Link in the Regulatory Chain; The Specialist Drugs Work of the Metropolitan Police; Drugs, Clubs and Corruption in the Metropolitan Police 'C' Division; Medical Regulation of Addiction
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