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ISBN: 9781921361432
Pages: 400
Publication year: 2009
Publisher: Fremantle Press
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Consuming Pleasures: Australia and the International Drug Business

Written by John Rainford (d.2020)

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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.


Pages: 400
Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Fremantle Press
ISBN: 9781921361432
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John Rainford (d.2020)

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. […]