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History of substance use and control in British Guiana

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posted on 08.02.2021, 09:38 by Kellie Moss, Deborah Toner
Whilst the impact of drugs on the culture of Caribbean societies and Indigenous populations is well documented, their role in maintaining influence over an ethnically diverse population and regulating labour productivity are frequently overlooked. In this paper we examine the use of drugs as a means of compelling and retaining labour in British Guiana during the nineteenth century. We also assess changes over time in how the colonial state managed concerns that the use of intoxicants threatened its control over the labouring population through licensing laws, carceral institutions and the criminalisation of certain drugs.

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Citation

LIAS Working Paper Series, 4, 2021. DOI: https://doi.org/10.29311/lwps.202143757

Author affiliation

School of History, Politics and International Relations

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Published in

LIAS Working Paper Series

Volume

4

Publisher

University of Leicester

eissn

2516-4783

Copyright date

2021

Available date

04/01/2021

Language

en