Knowledge, embodiment and neo-liberal drug policy

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/58453
Title:
Knowledge, embodiment and neo-liberal drug policy
Authors:
Bunton, R. (Robin)
Affiliation:
University of Teesside.; Social Futures Institute. Unit for Social and Policy Research.
Citation:
Bunton, R. (2001) 'Knowledge, embodiment and neo-liberal drug policy', Journal of Contemporary Drug Problems, 28 (2), pp.221-244.
Publisher:
Federal Legal Publications
Journal:
Journal of Contemporary Drug Problems
Issue Date:
2001
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/58453
Abstract:
Contemporary social policy on drugs is centrally concerned with ensuring the orderly reproduction of the social life in the face of rapid social transformation. This paper examines some recent changes in the relationships of welfare and makes observations about the principles underlying contemporary European drug policy, with a particular concern for governability of drug users. Expert knowledge is argued to play an important role in reconstructing the late-modern human agency through a focus on the intoxicated body. Contemporary drug policy is viewed as part of a set of discourses, norms, social practices and techniques that regulate the quality of the social life of a population, its health and security. These discourses and practices are related to a particular form of rationality specific to neo-libralism found in the UK, in Europe and in other Western societies. While subject to new forms of governance, it is argued that contemporary intoxicated subjectivity also falls under the influence of non specialist, everyday knowledge, often contradicting the rationale of neo-liberal governance of drug use.
Type:
Article
Keywords:
knowledge; embodiment; neo-liberalism; governance; policy; drugs; drug policy
ISSN:
0091-4509
Rights:
Author can archive publisher's version/PDF. [Email from publisher at Federal Legal Publications]
Citation Count:
0 [Web of Science and Scopus, 06/01/2010]

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dc.contributor.authorBunton, R. (Robin)-
dc.date.accessioned2009-04-01T10:52:27Z-
dc.date.available2009-04-01T10:52:27Z-
dc.date.issued2001-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Contemporary Drug Problems; 28 (2): 221-244-
dc.identifier.issn0091-4509-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10149/58453-
dc.description.abstractContemporary social policy on drugs is centrally concerned with ensuring the orderly reproduction of the social life in the face of rapid social transformation. This paper examines some recent changes in the relationships of welfare and makes observations about the principles underlying contemporary European drug policy, with a particular concern for governability of drug users. Expert knowledge is argued to play an important role in reconstructing the late-modern human agency through a focus on the intoxicated body. Contemporary drug policy is viewed as part of a set of discourses, norms, social practices and techniques that regulate the quality of the social life of a population, its health and security. These discourses and practices are related to a particular form of rationality specific to neo-libralism found in the UK, in Europe and in other Western societies. While subject to new forms of governance, it is argued that contemporary intoxicated subjectivity also falls under the influence of non specialist, everyday knowledge, often contradicting the rationale of neo-liberal governance of drug use.-
dc.publisherFederal Legal Publications-
dc.rightsAuthor can archive publisher's version/PDF. [Email from publisher at Federal Legal Publications]-
dc.subjectknowledge-
dc.subjectembodiment-
dc.subjectneo-liberalism-
dc.subjectgovernance-
dc.subjectpolicy-
dc.subjectdrugs-
dc.subjectdrug policy-
dc.titleKnowledge, embodiment and neo-liberal drug policy-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Teesside.-
dc.contributor.departmentSocial Futures Institute. Unit for Social and Policy Research.-
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Contemporary Drug Problems-
ref.assessmentRAE 2008-
ref.citationcount0 [Web of Science and Scopus, 06/01/2010]-
or.citation.harvardBunton, R. (2001) 'Knowledge, embodiment and neo-liberal drug policy', Journal of Contemporary Drug Problems, 28 (2), pp.221-244.-
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