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By Christopher B.R. Smith

ISBN-10: 1138796530

ISBN-13: 9781138796539

Reading the interdependent nature of substance, house, and subjectivity, this publication constitutes an interdisciplinary research of the intoxication indigenous to what has been termed "our narcotic modernity." the 1st part – Drug/Culture – demonstrates how the physique of the addict and the social physique of town are either inscribed by means of "controlled" substance. Positing habit as a "pathology (out) of position" that's particular to the (late-)capitalist city panorama, the second one part – Dope/Sick – conducts a critique of the existing pathology paradigm of habit, presenting as a substitute a theoretical reconceptualization of drug dependence within the phrases of "p/re/in-scription." Remapping the successive phases or levels of our narcotic modernity, the 3rd part – Narco/State – delineates 3 basic eras of narcotic modernity, together with the modern urban of "safe"/"supervised" intake. applying an experimental, "intra-textual" layout, the fourth part – Brain/Disease – mimics the feel, country or scape of intoxication accompanying each one permutation of narcotic modernity within the interchangeable phrases of drug, dream and/or sickness. Tracing the parallel evolution of "addiction," the (late-)capitalist cityscape, and the pathological venture of modernity, the 4 elements of this booklet hence jointly represent a clients’ advisor to city house.

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16 Drug/Culture Emerging directly from the broad argumentative framework set out throughout the preceding chapters of the book, the fourth and final section—Brain/Disease: The Deafening Internal Dialogue of Fractal Interiorities—synthesizes and draws a series of concluding remarks concerning the interdependent, mutually informing relationship between the (abject) body of the addict and the social body of the (addicted) city through an analysis of the (porous) borders and (permeable) boundaries of these real and imagined, literal and metaphorical, physical and figurative bodies, both similarly p/re/in-scribed by and (in)fused with substance.

Playfully problematizing, subverting, and destabilizing drug discourse plays a central role in the overall arguments and structure of the broader project, entailing political–poetic, critical–creative investigations of: (1) this thing we call drug/‘addiction’ in the terms of p/re/in-scription, scripted, inscribed, and p/re/in-scribed by the forces of consumption and control; (2) the various ways that popular and professional discourse re: ‘addiction’ works to constitute a ‘pathology (out) of place’, where interventions designed to address the (visible, socio-spatial, contagious) disorder of drugs suggest that the city itself is being refashioned as site of ‘safe’/‘supervised’ consumption, ruthlessly redeveloped, ‘revitalized’, and ‘rejuvenated’ in a relentless, frenetic blur of (quasi-)creative-(hyper-)destruction characteristic of the project of modernity; and (3) all of which comes to compose a series of gestures and glances towards a users’ guide to urban space.

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