Tag: drug use

Radical Harm Reduction and the Responsibility of a World by Jarrett Zigon

Jarrett Zigon , June 10th, 2022


Addiction is exceedingly moralized. Perhaps no other concept associated with the experience of addiction reveals this more than that of responsibility. Too often, addiction is understood in…


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“Nothing About Us Without Us!” Really?: The Unequal Value of Lives in Harm Reduction NGOs by Catherine Larocque

Catherine Larocque , March 25th, 2022


Canada, like most capitalist societies of the global North, faces “an unprecedented and devastating wave of overdoses” and overdose deaths (Wells, 2017), intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic (Governm…


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Criminalisation, harm reduction and responsibility in Polish drug policies by Justyna Struzik

Justyna Struzik , March 11th, 2022


In 2019, Sebastian Kaleta, a member of the Polish parliament associated with the ruling Law and Justice party, published a report denigrating Warsaw-based organisations working in the fields…


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Fighting for injection in Paris by Johannes Lenhard

Johannes Lenhard , February 25th, 2022


Figure 1: Non-safe-injection site behind Paris’ Gare du Nord, February 2016 (all photos by author). The first time I ever saw a person shooting up was right behind…


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In the Journals – Incarceration, Rehabilitation, and Recidivism

allisontedesco , March 1st, 2021


Josh Shapiro: Fair Commutation Not Mass Incarceration by joepiette2 via creativecommons Welcome back to In the Journals! This ongoing series aims to bridge conversations that are often siloed…


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Re-framing Crime, Violence, and Poverty: new cinematic narratives of Black criminality in Imperial Dreams

ngraulich , October 12th, 2018


Introduction: reframings Redmond (2017) has noted that, in order to garner support for the punitive policies of the War on Drugs, Americans were presented with stories that framed…


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How to convince people that drugs need to be legalized: a guide for getting normies on board.

Hilary Agro , September 9th, 2017


I’ve developed a really nerdy, but kickass, superpower. Give me twenty minutes of one-on-one conversation time with a person, any person, and they will come out of that…


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Turning cool kids into outlaws – Legal #fictions and the management of heroin abuse in post-reform China

Giulia Zoccatelli , May 13th, 2016


Cool kids. On a rainy afternoon towards the end of my fieldwork in Qilin, southwest China, I sat with one of my informants, Jiao Hua – a round,…


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The intangible narcotic: What does ‘vibe’ mean, really?

Hilary Agro , March 9th, 2016


There’s a term that comes up pretty frequently when talking about electronic music events. A search within my interviews (excepts from which are quoted here) and field notes…


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Drugs are… good? No, that can’t be right. Can it?

Hilary Agro , September 15th, 2015


Like most academics, I’m obsessive. I spend a lot of my free time doing searches for new research on recreational drug use. I do this partly because there’s…


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“Drugs are bad,” he said, sipping his beer: Legality vs. social acceptability

Hilary Agro , August 12th, 2015


I’ve found it highly interesting to hear drug users trash talk other drugs, even while they’re high on their own preferred substance. Gina* thinks that alcohol is the…


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A state of trance: Inner peace rising from chaos

Hilary Agro , July 14th, 2015


The experience of getting inside Sound Academy for Armin van Buuren was the low point of the night. After an evening of rain and dancing at the electronic…


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A happy ending for 30,000 mollyed-out kids running around Toronto.

Hilary Agro , July 9th, 2015


My heart dropped into my stomach when I first saw the announcement. Fireworks and junk during Zedd’s finale. “You’re welcome for this 3-second photo op,” thought the cleanup…


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Psytrance, a world unto itself

Hilary Agro , July 1st, 2015


Most of what I knew about psytrance (psychedelic trance) raves before I actually went to one came from this article in Vice: Psytrance really is a counter-culture in…


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Field Notes: This data collection is interfering with my dancing.

Hilary Agro , June 18th, 2015


The following is a selection of some of the more entertaining notes from my first official field research night. (The last post was a preliminary getting-a-feel-for-things outing.) I…


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Eat, sleep, anth, repeat: It begins

Hilary Agro , June 15th, 2015


Sunglasses in the darkness. White shorts, no shirt. Perspiration shining on his skin in the wild, flashing lights. A familiar-looking backpack on his shoulders, strapped over his muscular…


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