Alumni Book: Pamela Donovan

Pamela Donovan
Drink Spiking and Predatory Drugging: A Modern History
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)
*Paperback version released 2019

Image of book: Drink Spiking and Predatory Drugging: A Modern HistoryThis book analyses common perceptions about drink-spiking, a pervasive fear for many and sometimes a troubling reality. Ideas about spiked drinks have shaped the way we think about drugs, alcohol, criminal law, risk, nightspots, and socializing for over one 150 years, since the rise of modern anaesthesia and synthetic 'pharma-ubiquity'. The book offers a wide-ranging look at the constantly shifting cultural and gender politics of 'psycho-chemical treachery'.

It provides rich case histories, assesses evolving scientific knowledge, and analyses the influence of social forces as disparate as Temperance and the acid enthusiasts of the 1960s. Drawing on interdisciplinary research, the book will be of great interest to upper-level students and scholars of criminal law, forensic science, public health, and social movements.

Donovan graduated from The Graduate Center in 2001 with a Ph.D. in sociology.

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Submitted on: JUL 15, 2019

Category: Alumni News | Sociology