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Article: Narcotic culture: A Social History of Drug Consumption in China

TitleNarcotic culture: A Social History of Drug Consumption in China
Authors
Issue Date2002
PublisherOxford University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://bjc.oxfordjournals.org/
Citation
British Journal Of Criminology, 2002, v. 42 n. 2, p. 317-336 How to Cite?
AbstractOpium and China are synonymous, yet historians have so far failed to answer one key question: why was opium rather than cannabis or coffee so eagerly consumed? This article is a preliminary exploration of the cultural significance and social uses of narcotics from the sixteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries. On the basis of fresh evidence drawn from archival material and other primary sources, it highlights the social dynamics behind the huge expansion of narcotics, from opium smoking as a prestigious elite activity in the seventeenth century to the mass use of morphine in the twentieth century. The authors aim to account for the rapidly changing patterns of opium consumption and establish their cultural and social determinants, and to explore the 'pre-history' of opium well before the advent of the 'Opium War' in order to explain how foreign merchants responded to indigenously generated demands. We also explode the myth of 'opium smoking' as the main consumption pattern by charting various narcotics used in twentieth-century China, from heroin pills to morphine injections.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/148724
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.643
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.373
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dc.contributor.authorDikötter, Fen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLaamann, Len_HK
dc.contributor.authorXun, Zen_HK
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dc.description.abstractOpium and China are synonymous, yet historians have so far failed to answer one key question: why was opium rather than cannabis or coffee so eagerly consumed? This article is a preliminary exploration of the cultural significance and social uses of narcotics from the sixteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries. On the basis of fresh evidence drawn from archival material and other primary sources, it highlights the social dynamics behind the huge expansion of narcotics, from opium smoking as a prestigious elite activity in the seventeenth century to the mass use of morphine in the twentieth century. The authors aim to account for the rapidly changing patterns of opium consumption and establish their cultural and social determinants, and to explore the 'pre-history' of opium well before the advent of the 'Opium War' in order to explain how foreign merchants responded to indigenously generated demands. We also explode the myth of 'opium smoking' as the main consumption pattern by charting various narcotics used in twentieth-century China, from heroin pills to morphine injections.en_HK
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dc.titleNarcotic culture: A Social History of Drug Consumption in Chinaen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailDikötter, F: dikotter@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailXun, Z: xzhou27@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
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