This section contains the readings for the course. Since participation counts as 20% towards a student's grade, students are expected to complete the readings for each session before class.
The table below provides information about the course's lecture (L) and quiz (Q) sessions.
|L2||Some Preliminary Ideas|| |
Weil, and Rosen. From Chocolate to Morphine. pp. 9-35 and 161-182.
Becker, Howard. "Becoming a Marihuana User." American Journal of Sociology 59 (1953): 235-242.
|L3||Alcohol in the U.S.|| |
Movie: Reefer Madness Kuhn, Cynthia, Scott Swartzwelder, and Wilkie Wilson. "Alcohol." In Buzzed: The Straight Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs From Alcohol to Ecstasy. New York, NY: W.W. Norton, 1998, pp. 29-54. ISBN: 9780393045888.
Wechsler, Henry. "Health and Behavioral Consequences of Binge Drinking in College." Journal of the American Medical Association 272, no. 21 (1994): 1672-1676.
Seaman, Barrett. "The Campus Alcohol Crisis," and "What's the Right Drinking Age?" Chapters 5 and 11 in Binge: What your College Student won't Tell you: Campus Life in an Age of Disconnection and Excess. Hoboken, NJ: Jonathan Wiley, 2005. ISBN: 9780471491194.
|L4||Alcohol Across Cultures|| |
Guest Speaker: Alcoholics Anonymous Mandelbaum, David. "Alcohol and Culture." Current Anthropology 6, no. 3 (1965): 281-288.
Leacock, Seth. "Ceremonial Drinking in an Afro-Brazilian Cult." American Anthropologist 66, no. 2 (1964): 344-354.
Scully, Pamela. "Liquor and Labor in the Western Cape, 1870-1900." In Liquor and Labor in Southern Africa. Edited by Jonathan Crush and Charles Ambler. Athens, OH: Ohio State University Press, 1992, pp. 56-77. ISBN: 9780821410271.
Spicer, Paul. "Toward a (Dys)functional Anthropology of Drinking: Ambivalence and the American Indian Experience with Alcohol." Medical Anthropology Quarterly 11, no. 3 (1993): 306-323.
|L5||"Primitive" Drugs|| |
Documentary: The Peyote Road Myerhoff, Barbara. Peyote Hunt: The Sacred Journey of the Huichol Indians. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1974.
Calabrese, Joseph. "The Supreme Court Versus Peyote: Consciousness, Alteration, Cultural Psychiatry and the Dilemma of Contemporary Subcultures." Anthropology of Consciousness 12, no. 2 (2001): 4-19.
|L6||Drugs and American Counterculture|| |
Eisner, Bruce. "Dazed in the Desert at the End of Time." In Tripping: An Anthology of True-Life Psychedelic Adventures. Edited by Charles Hayes. New York, NY: Penguin, 2000, pp. 78-85. ISBN: 9780140195743.
|L7||Cocaine, Latin America and Globalization|| |
Roldan, Mary. "Columbia: Cocaine and the 'Miracle' of Modernity in Medellin." In Cocaine: Global Histories. Edited by Paul Gootenberg. New York, NY: Routledge Press, 1999, pp. 165-182. ISBN: 9780415220019.
|L8||Cocaine Consumption|| |
Bourgois, Philippe. Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1996, introduction and chapters 1-2.
|L9||Crack Dealers||Guest Speakers Finish Bourgois.|
|L10||The War on Drugs|| |
Swiss Federal Office of Public Health. Swiss Drugs Policy (undated). (skim.)
Musto, David F. "Opium, Cocaine and Marijuana in American History." Scientific American (1991): 21-33.
|L11||The War on Drugs (cont.)|| |
Bertram, Eve, Morris Blachman, Kenneth Sharpe, and Peter Andreas. "Three Fatal Flaws in the War on Drugs." In Drug War Politics. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1996, pp.9-31. ISBN: 9780520203099.
Shenk, Joshua Wolf. "America's Altered States." Harper's, May 1999, 38-52.
|L12||Modern Pharmaceuticals: Sex|| |
Tone, Andrea. Devices and Desires: A History of Contraceptives in America. New York, NY: Hill and Wang, 2001, chapters 4 (optional), 10, and epilogue, pp. 67-87, 233-260, and 285-292. ISBN: 9780809038176.
Loe, Meika. The Rise of Viagra®: How the Little Blue Pill Changed Sex in America. New York, NY: New York University Press, 2004, chapters 1, 4, and 6, pp. 7-28, 95-124, and 167-182. ISBN: 9780814752005.
Silverstein, Ken. "Millions for Viagra®, Pennies for the Poor." The Nation, July 19, 1999, 13-19.
|L13||Modern Pharmaceuticals: Prozac® |
Documentary: Happy Valley
|Kramer, Peter. "The Message in the Capsule." In Listening to Prozac®: A Psychiatrist Explores Antidepressant Drugs and the Remaking of the Self. New York, NY: Viking, 1993. |
Slater, Lauren. Prozac® Diary.
|L14||Big Pharma||Angell, Marcia. The Truth About the Drug Companies.|