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Drugs, Law, People, Place and the State: Ongoing Regulation, Resistance and Change


Williams, S and Warf, B, Drugs, Law, People, Place and the State: Ongoing Regulation, Resistance and Change, Routledge, Ablington, United Kingdom, pp. 152. ISBN 9781138700451 (2017) [Edited Book]


Though any psychoactive substance can be revered or reviled as a drug, as people’s cultural norms shift, ultimately its status is determined in law by the state. This publication explores the regulation of drugs – alcohol and cannabis to heroin and cocaine – and practices such as social drinking and public injecting under political regimes. Drugs are discussed in their geographical contexts: the colonial legacy of cannabis prohibition for bioprospecting in Africa; the veracity of the persistent notion of the narco-state; Turkey’s governance of drinking amid civil unrest; and alcohol’s place in the neoliberal political economy of Ireland. In addition, drug policies are examined: from problems in managing drug-related litter in the UK to supervised injecting facility provision in Australia; harm reduction in Canada; and the global network of drug policy activists. Place is significant, but porous borders, territorial overlaps and multi-scalar linkages are influential in remaking the world through current challenges to the ‘war on drugs’. This book was originally published as a special issue of Space & Polity.

Item Details

Item Type:Edited Book
Keywords:drugs, public health, law, policy
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Social geography
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Williams, S (Dr Stewart Williams)
ID Code:121282
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2017-09-20
Last Modified:2017-09-21

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