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“No One Wins. One Side Just Loses More Slowly”: The Wire and Drug Policy.

Wakeman, S (2014) “No One Wins. One Side Just Loses More Slowly”: The Wire and Drug Policy. Theoretical Criminology: an international journal, 18 (2). pp. 224-240. ISSN 1461-7439

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This article presents a cultural analysis of HBO’s drama series, The Wire. It is argued here that, as a cultural text, The Wire forms a site of both containment and resistance, of hegemony and change with recourse to the regulation of illicit drug markets. In this sense The Wire constitutes an important cultural paradigm of drug policy debates, one that has significant heuristic implications regarding both the present consequences and future directions of illicit drug policy. Ultimately, it is demonstrated below that through its representations of the tensions and antagonisms characteristic of drug control systems, The Wire reveals larger predicaments of governance faced by neoliberal democracies today.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1602 Criminology, 1801 Law
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2016 12:30
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 13:05
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3381
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