By Christopher B.R. Smith
Interpreting the interdependent nature of substance, house, and subjectivity, this ebook constitutes an interdisciplinary research of the intoxication indigenous to what has been termed "our narcotic modernity." the 1st part – Drug/Culture – demonstrates how the physique of the addict and the social physique of the town are either inscribed by way of "controlled" substance. Positing habit as a "pathology (out) of position" that's particular to the (late-)capitalist city panorama, the second one part – Dope/Sick – conducts a critique of the existing pathology paradigm of dependancy, presenting instead a theoretical reconceptualization of drug dependence within the phrases of "p/re/in-scription." Remapping the successive levels or stages of our narcotic modernity, the 3rd part – Narco/State – delineates 3 basic eras of narcotic modernity, together with the modern urban of "safe"/"supervised" intake. utilising an experimental, "intra-textual" layout, the fourth part – Brain/Disease – mimics the experience, country or scape of intoxication accompanying every one permutation of narcotic modernity within the interchangeable phrases of drug, dream and/or disorder. Tracing the parallel evolution of "addiction," the (late-)capitalist cityscape, and the pathological undertaking of modernity, the 4 elements of this booklet hence jointly represent a clients’ consultant to city area.
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Following the experimental exercise of ‘swallowing’ the pathology paradigm, the work turns to examine the emergence and rapid institutional de-politicization of the notion of ‘harm reduction’ in contemporary drug policy interventions. Premised on the de-pathologization of drug dependence, the fifth chapter therefore argues for a new theoretical approach to this thing we call ‘addiction’ based on the relationship between addiction, consumption, and social control. Simultaneously scripted, prescribed, inscribed, de-inscribed, and re-inscribed, the notion of pre/in/scription positions ‘addiction’ as a generalized, normalized phenomenon that is a symptomatic product of (late-)capitalist (narco-)modernity, and concentrated most densely in the urban cityscape.
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