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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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Psychosocial accounts

Psychosocial accounts

(p.151) Six Psychosocial accounts
The governance of female drug users

Natasha Du Rose

Policy Press

Chapter 7 investigates the most dominant stories the women told: psycho-social stories in which they relate their experiences of drug use and the social conditions in which it occurs, to their psychological well-being. It explores how the psycho-social accounts provided by the women reflect the wider socio-political context in which their accounts occur wherein illicit drug use is both psychologised and individualised. It examines how the women viewed themselves in various paradoxical ways which rendered them responsible for their own predicament. They saw themselves as chemically driven addicts, immoral criminals, bad mothers and self-medicating victims of abuse. At the same time, they saw themselves as ‘normal’ rational, free agents who wanted to be counselled, saved, educated and employed. The chapter also explores how within the women’s psychosocial accounts there were traces of alternative subjectivities to those ascribed to them within drug policy discourse.

Keywords:   psychosocial, subjectivity, self-medicate, responsibilisation, addiction, sexual abuse, domestic violence, ‘unfit mother’, criminality, recovery

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