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Consuming Pleasures: Australia and the International Drug Business

Written by John Rainford


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Consuming Pleasures traces the international and Australian history of licit and illicit drug use.

It examines why we consume and what we consume, as well as the way in which consumption is regulated in the era of global free trade.

It also looks at drug use from an Australian perspective, going back to our own opium-growing industry and the racist origins of our drug laws. In doing so it considers the paradox of contemporary white Australian identity: on the one hand an image of fit, sun-bronzed athletic types at home in the surf; on the other a nation of people whose per capita drug consumption often equals and more often than not surpasses that of most other nations.

ISBN 9781921361432 (Paperback)
Formats B Format (198 x 130mm) (Paperback)
Categories Food & Health
Non Fiction
Current Affairs, Culture & Social History
Pages 400
Publication Year 2009
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
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    John Rainford

    John Rainford was born and educated in the United Kingdom. After three years in the British Mercantile Marine he came to Australia at the age of twenty. Here he worked in shipbuilding in Newcastle and Sydney before moving into trade unions, first as an organiser, then as a research officer, industrial advocate, and journal editor. John studied law and philosophy at Sydney University and at the University of Technology, Sydney. He has researched the looting of Darwin following the Japanese bombing in 1942; the AIF 6th Division involved in the invasion of Crete in 1941, and the historical trajectory of Social Democracy. Read more

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