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Moving beyond the other: A critique of the reductionist drugs discourse.

Taylor, S (2016) Moving beyond the other: A critique of the reductionist drugs discourse. Cultuur and Criminaliteit, 6 (1). pp. 100-118. ISSN 2211-9507

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This paper uses the UK as a vehicle through which to argue that a dominant reductionist drugs discourse exists which simplifies understandings of drug use and drug users leading to socio-cultural misrepresentations of harm, risk and dangerousness. It contends that at the centre of this discourse lies the process of othering - the identification of specific substances and substance users as a threat to UK society. Interestingly, within the wider context of global drug policy reform this othering process appears to be expanding to target a wider variety of factors and actors - those policies, research findings and individuals which contest normative notions, resulting in the marginalisation of ‘alternative voices’ which question the entrenched assumptions associated with drug prohibition. The paper concludes that there is a need for collective action by critical scholars to move beyond the other, calling for academics to be innovative in their research agendas, creative in their dissemination of knowledge and resolute despite the threat of being othered themselves.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Drug use; drug users; drug policy; drug reform; media; discourse; the other
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Divisions: Law
Publisher: Boom Lemma uitgevers
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2016 12:26
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 12:55
DOI or ID number: 10.5553/TCC/221195072016006001007
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3617
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