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The governance of female drug usersWomen's experiences of drug policy$
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Natasha Du Rose

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781847426727

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847426727.001.0001

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Research context

Research context

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(p.17) One Research context
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The governance of female drug users
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Natasha Du Rose

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847426727.003.0001

Chapter 2 provides an overview of the research context in which contemporary drug policy has emerged by examining early constructions of female drug users in academic discourse, for instance as pathological or as bad mothers. It is argued that academic or ‘expert’ discourses help to identify women’s drug use as a problem to be governed and contribute to the formation of social policies. Feminist challenges to traditional work on female users and the contribution this book will make is also discussed.

Keywords:   academic discourse, discursive constructions, bad mother, pathological, HIV/AIDS, sex work, emancipation thesis, victims, feminist, agency

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