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Freedom and slavery: constructions of ideologies in illicit drugs treatment

Zajdow, Grazyna 2005, Freedom and slavery: constructions of ideologies in illicit drugs treatment, in TASA 2005 : Proceedings of the 2005 conference of The Australian Sociological Association : community, place, change, Sociological Association of Australia (TASA), [Sandy Bay, Tas.], pp. 1-9.

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Title Freedom and slavery: constructions of ideologies in illicit drugs treatment
Author(s) Zajdow, GrazynaORCID iD for Zajdow, Grazyna orcid.org/0000-0001-5329-0388
Conference name Australian Sociological Association. Conference (2005 : Sandy Bay, Tas.)
Conference location University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay Campus
Conference dates 6-8 December 2005
Title of proceedings TASA 2005 : Proceedings of the 2005 conference of The Australian Sociological Association : community, place, change
Editor(s) Julian, Roberta
Rottier, Reannan
White, Rob
Publication date 2005
Conference series Australian Sociological Association Conference
Start page 1
End page 9
Publisher Sociological Association of Australia (TASA)
Place of publication [Sandy Bay, Tas.]
Summary Freedom, autonomy, enslavement and coercion have a multitude of meanings which are determined by the writer’s discipline background and intent, even more so in the area of illicit drugs’ policy and treatment. This paper proposes to begin to untangle the multiplicity of meanings which are attached to two contrasting forms of illicit drugs treatment, harm minimisation and abstinence-based treatments. Both treatment regimes lay claim to the high moral ground in this regard - freedom and autonomy are explicit terms used in the rhetoric of both. How this can best be understood and what sociologists can contribute to the debates about illicit drug treatments is the terrain this paper traverses. It does this by laying out the different meanings of the terms in social theory and then by trying to understand the ‘truth’ claims of treatment proponents and using a Foucauldian perspective to critique these claims.
Notes Reproduced with the specific permission of the copyright owner.
ISBN 0959846050
Language eng
Field of Research 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2005 Australian Sociological Association
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30005878

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