Intoxicating Liminality : The Construction and Expression of Race and Gender in Relation to The Drugged Experience
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With a primary focus on the 1970s and 1960s, and tangential glimpses at the 1920s, 1950s, and 1980s, the following thesis will unpack the ways in which the aforementioned applications of drug use created a liminal space in which gender and race could be explored, defined, and expressed by women and people of color. Liminal, or "occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold" is considered in the following text as a post-Cartesian dialectic. The drugged experience and the creation of this liminal space acted as synecdoche for the turmoil of the times: the relativist Zeitgeist of the counterculture and those who used drugs, but were not necessarily set in opposition to the mainstream - such as middle-class white women in the 1950s and 1960s who became unintended Valium or amphetamine addicts at the hands of their physicians.