Choosing using: Drug policy, consumer culture and 'junkie' manquées

Heather Brook

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    This article investigates the shaping of contemporary drug-using (and non-drug-using) subjectivities through operations of choice and consumption. Examining various registers of 'possession,' it argues that in the construction of both docile and irredeemably flawed consumers, 'choice' (and its negation) is pivotal. Exploring motifs of choice, possession and pleasure in the operations of 'normal' consumer culture and the problematization of drug-using exposes a deeper anxiety underlying contemporary drug panics.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)95-109
    Number of pages15
    JournalCultural Studies
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010


    • Capitalism
    • Choice
    • Consumption
    • Harm minimization
    • Heroin
    • Subjectivities


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