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The governance of female drug users: Women's experiences of drug policy

Natasha Du Rose


This book is about the ways in which the governance of illicit drug use shapes female dependent drug users’ lives. It argues female drug users’ subjectivities, and hence their experiences, are shaped and regulated by drug policies. The relationship between the social regulation of female drug users and the “making up” of their identities is investigated. It explores the dominant governmental technologies of power from which the key constructions of women as “problematic” drug users emanate in the UK, Canada and the US: punishment and prohibition, medicalisation and welfarisation. It also inves ... More

Keywords: drug policy, subjectivity, dependency, technologies of power, prohibition, medicalisation, welfarisation, responsibilisation, regulation, resistance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781847426727
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847426727.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Natasha Du Rose, author
University of Roehampton, UK