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The normalisation of 'excessive' workforce drug testing?

Brewis, Joanna, Sanderson, Charlotte and Wray-Bliss, Edward 2006, The normalisation of 'excessive' workforce drug testing?, Tamara journal of critical organisation inquiry, vol. 5, no. 5.1, pp. 39-53.

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Title The normalisation of 'excessive' workforce drug testing?
Author(s) Brewis, Joanna
Sanderson, Charlotte
Wray-Bliss, Edward
Journal name Tamara journal of critical organisation inquiry
Volume number 5
Issue number 5.1
Start page 39
End page 53
Publisher Tamara
Place of publication Las Cruces, N. M.
Publication date 2006
ISSN 1532-5555
1545-6420
Keyword(s) risk
mortality
drug testing
behavior
drug use
employees
research
Summary In 'The normalization of 'sensible' recreational drug use' Parker, Williams and Aldridge (2002) present data on illegal drug use by adolescents and young adults in the UK. They argue that it is both widespread and largely socially benign - ie, normal. We contrast this 'normalisation' thesis with evidence of an increase in the introduction of drug policies - and drug testing - in British organisations. Such policies construct employee drug use as excessive enough to necessitate heightened management vigilance over workers, in order to preserve corporate interests. These contrasting representations of drug use inspire our discussion. We deploy the normal/ excessive couplet to unpick drug taking, to examine organisational drug policies and to comment upon emerging and potential resistance to these policies. Our contribution is to suggest that each of these activities can be understood as simultaneously normal and excessive, in an area where orthodox and critical analyses alike tend to be far more dualistic.
Notes Copyright (2006) by the TAMARA Website, http://TamaraJournal.com reproduced with permission from the publisher.
Language eng
Field of Research 159999 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, TAMARA
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30041590

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