The Peyote Effect by Alexander S. Dawson audiobook

The Peyote Effect: From the Inquisition to the War on Drugs

By Alexander S. Dawson
Read by Paul Brion

Tantor Audio 9780520285422

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781977319753

  • ISBN: 9781977319753

Runtime: 8.33 Hours
Category: Nonfiction
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

The hallucinogenic and medicinal effects of peyote have a storied history that begins well before Europeans arrived in the Americas. While some have attempted to explain the cultural and religious significance of this cactus and drug, Alexander S. Dawson offers a completely new way of understanding the place of peyote in history.

In this provocative new book, Dawson argues that peyote has marked the boundary between the Indian and the West since the Spanish Inquisition outlawed it in 1620. For nearly four centuries ecclesiastical, legal, scientific, and scholarly authorities have tried (unsuccessfully) to police that boundary to ensure that, while indigenous subjects might consume peyote, others could not. Moving back and forth across the U.S.—Mexico border, The Peyote Effect explores how battles over who might enjoy a right to consume peyote have unfolded in both countries, and how these conflicts have produced the racially exclusionary systems that characterizes modern drug regimes. Through this approach we see a surprising history of the racial thinking that binds these two countries more closely than we might otherwise imagine.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This empirically rich book will challenge readers to think critically about connections and divergences in the history of Mexico and the United States.” Pablo Piccato, Columbia University

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Author

Author Bio: Alexander S. Dawson

Author Bio: Alexander S. Dawson

Alexander S. Dawson is Associate Professor of History at SUNY Albany. He is the author of Indian and Nation in Revolutionary Mexico, First World Dreams: Mexico Since 1989, and Latin America since Independence.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 8.33
Audience: Adult
Language: English