Rich Girls on Dope
Abstract: This seminar will be based on research drawn from my recently published book ‘White drug cultures and regulation in London, 1916-1960’. It focuses on the 1930s, when a group composed of wealthy bohemian youth, formerly part of what the newspapers termed ‘The Bright Young People’, formed a network of morphine, heroin and cocaine use in Chelsea.
In a number of ways, this network anticipated the hedonistic drug using culture of the 1960s; in other ways, it differed, being centred on young women users, and sapphic sexual identities.
Their supplies of drugs came from Paris and from what the Home Office and the Metropolitan Police called ‘script doctors’.
Bio: Dr Christopher Hallam obtained his PhD at LSHTM, and is presently a research associate at the Global Drug Policy Observatory at Swansea University. He is also a researcher at International Drug Policy Consortium.