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PhD research

In my thesis, I investigate the politics of alcohol in “late modern Europe.” My interest starts from the observation that from the 1960s, governments in both capitalist and state socialist Europe desisted from structural interpretations of alcohol problems (alcoholism as a symptom of exploitation, of backwardness, of low morals) and contented themselves with tackling their most pressing consequences.

Considering a Romanian program on rational nutrition, a treatment institution for female alcoholics near Prague, and debates about legal limits for drivers all across Europe, I try to reconstruct the logic of the new politics of alcohol. In particular, my research targets the question how state socialist countries of Central and Southeastern Europe integrated the pragmatic and increasingly individualistic approach to alcohol problems into their materialist-structuralist worldview, and what this integration tells us about the governing rationalities in late socialist states.

Research Interests

My wider research interests include the history of social politics in Central and Southeastern Europe, in particular the conceptual history of health in its interconnection to gender and the family.