It blasted me into space : intoxication and an ethics of pleasure

Zajdow, Grazyna 2010, It blasted me into space : intoxication and an ethics of pleasure, Health sociology review, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 218-229.

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Title It blasted me into space : intoxication and an ethics of pleasure
Author(s) Zajdow, GrazynaORCID iD for Zajdow, Grazyna
Journal name Health sociology review
Volume number 19
Issue number 2
Start page 218
End page 229
Total pages 12
Publisher eContent Management Pty Ltd
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication date 2010-06
ISSN 1446-1242
Keyword(s) sociology
illicit drugs
harm minimisation
Summary O'Malley and Valverde point out that in the 21st century, pleasure is a warrantable motive for drug and alcohol use only when it is attached to the idea of moderation. This presents a problem for those researchers who wish to theorise about those individuals who use drugs deliberately to induce intoxication. This paper uses unconventional means to come to an understanding of intoxication, it uses the stories of interviewed former heroin addicts, published autobiographies, biographies and even some fictional accounts to come to an understanding of the. difficulties of dealing with intoxication and the drug-using subject, it also uses the accounts that Michel Foucault gave about his own use of drugs and its relationship to an ethics of pleasure and resistance. The article uses theories of risk and edgework to understand the underlying meanings of intoxication to many drug users.
Language eng
Field of Research 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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