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Space, scale and jurisdiction in health service provision for drug users: the legal geography of a supervised injecting facility

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Williams, S, Space, scale and jurisdiction in health service provision for drug users: the legal geography of a supervised injecting facility, Space and Polity, 20, (1) pp. 95-108. ISSN 1356-2576 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2016 Taylor & Francis

DOI: doi:10.1080/13562576.2015.1128152

Abstract

Sydney's Medically Supervised Injecting Centre delivers the significant benefits of harm reduction, but has been controversial regards the law. Its contested history is examined here through the lens of legal geography. Narrative analysis reveals that the arguments for and against the centre's establishment referenced matters ranging from international treaties through to municipal governance. These arguments and their outcome were variously shaped by the different spaces and scales of jurisdiction but not simply in a zero sum game of law played out through the hierarchically ordered nesting of container-like territories. The implications for legal geography and for public health are discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:law, jurisdiction, harm reduction, illicit drug use, legal geography, scale, supervised injecting facility
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Human Geography
Research Field:Social and Cultural Geography
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
Author:Williams, S (Dr Stewart Williams)
ID Code:104572
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2015-11-16
Last Modified:2017-11-14
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