Chapter 3 provides a general picture of the political domain in which specific drug policies in the UK, the US and Canada have emerged. The ‘mentalities’, ‘governmental rationalities’ or ‘political rationalities’ embedded in governmental approaches to female illicit drug use are investigated. The historical basis of prohibition, the illegal/legal drug divide created by prohibition, and how it operates as a gendered, ‘race’ and class based form of governance is explored. How prohibition and the ‘war on drugs’ is wielded within the political climate of neo-liberalism, how it is linked to the ascendancy of the ‘risk’ approach to governing illicit drug use and the process of ‘othering’ it sustains is examined. The discussion provides a framework for the ensuing chapters which focus more closely on the specific governmental techniques and procedures used in the control and regulation of women’s illicit drug use.
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