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Transnational Nationalism and Idealistic Science: The Alcohol Question between the Wars
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs (SoRAD).
Number of Authors: 1
2016 (English)In: Social history of medicine, ISSN 0951-631X, E-ISSN 1477-4666, Vol. 29, no 3, 590-610 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article studies the interwar international conferences on the alcohol problem. How did they view the alcohol problem and its causes; what were the consequences for the individual and the society as a whole; and which solutions merited discussion? The first post-war conferences enjoyed an optimistic and internationalistic atmosphere, added to by American prohibition, which had given the temperance movement plenty to be hopeful about. But when the 1920s turned to the 1930s, the conferences were transformed into arenas for national solutions and into outright propaganda pieces. The responses to the alcohol problem debated in the interwar conferences built on a combination of scientifically masked ideological conviction and ideologically inspired passion for science. The apparently neutral ethics of such thinking was manifested in various radical measures to combat alcohol abuse.

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2016. Vol. 29, no 3, 590-610 p.
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alcohol, conferences, interwar years, prohibition, temperance, eugenics, scientification
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Sociology Substance Abuse
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-136951DOI: 10.1093/shm/hkv138ISI: 000387877500008PubMedID: 27482147OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-136951DiVA: diva2:1059739
Available from: 2016-12-23 Created: 2016-12-19 Last updated: 2016-12-23Bibliographically approved

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