Governing drug use among young people : crime, harm and contemporary drug use practices

Pereira, Margaret A. (2013) Governing drug use among young people : crime, harm and contemporary drug use practices. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


Taking an empirical, critical approach to the problem of drugs, this thesis explores the interaction of drug policies and young people's drug use in Brisbane. The research argues that criminalising drug users does not usually prevent harmful drug use, but it can exacerbate harm and change how young people use drugs. Contemporary understandings of drug use as either recreational or addictive can create a false binary, and influence how illicit drugs are used. These understandings interact with policy responses to the drug problem, with some very real implications for the lived experiences of drug users. This research opens up possibilities for new directions in drug research and allows for a redefinition of drug related harm.

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ID Code: 63631
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Carrington, Kerry & Kendall, Gavin
Keywords: Drug use, harm reduction, young people, governmentality, neo-liberalism
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Margaret Pereira
Deposited On: 23 Oct 2013 00:57
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 02:59

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