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The Discursive Construction of Drug Realities: Discourses on Drugs, Users, and Drug-Related Practices

  • Benno Herzog
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Abstract

Drugs are substances, that is, material realities with specific, describable chemical characteristics. Therefore, it is unsurprising that the scientific literature about drugs is dominated by bio-medical viewpoints. This scientific literature is based upon ‘hard facts’, chemical or neuronal reactions independent of the researcher’s viewpoint, and – of course – not the result of discourses. However, discourse and discourse analysis encompass more than text and talking. Discourse analysis can be used to better understand even apparently ‘objective’ realities.

Keywords

Drug User Harm Reduction Subject Position Drug Policy Addiction Research 
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Recommended reading

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