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Kane Race & Rebecca Brown

In: The SAGE Handbook of Drug and Alcohol Studies

Chapter 7: Cultural Studies Approaches to Drugs and Alcohol

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Cultural Studies Approaches to Drugs and Alcohol
Cultural studies approaches to drugs and alcohol
Kane RaceRebecca Brown
Introduction

As an interdisciplinary space that draws quite liberally on the methods of established disciplines – philosophy, sociology, semiotics, anthropology, history, education and literary criticism among them – the heterogeneity of what takes place under the sign of cultural studies can make it difficult to pin down as a coherent field. Emerging in the 1970s as part of a critical project that sought to investigate the political implications and opportunities of the social upheavals and transformations of post-war Britain, the field has expanded internationally to become a major source of theoretical and critical innovation at the forefront of the new humanities, even while its institutional status and academic legitimacy can ...

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