Addiction, Modernity, and the City: A Users’ Guide to Urban by Christopher B.R. Smith

By Christopher B.R. Smith

Studying the interdependent nature of substance, house, and subjectivity, this ebook 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 via "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 present pathology paradigm of dependancy, featuring 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 fundamental eras of narcotic modernity, together with the modern urban of "safe"/"supervised" intake. utilizing an experimental, "intra-textual" structure, the fourth part – Brain/Disease – mimics the experience, country or scape of intoxication accompanying every one permutation of narcotic modernity within the interchangeable phrases of drug, dream and/or ailment. Tracing the parallel evolution of "addiction," the (late-)capitalist cityscape, and the pathological venture of modernity, the 4 components of this ebook hence jointly represent a clients’ consultant to city house.

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Addiction, Modernity, and the City: A Users’ Guide to Urban Space

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Driven by the relentless cycle of creative–destruction, the (narco-)modern urban landscape is inherently characterized by transition and ambivalence towards older, ‘out-dated’ built forms, leading to a perpetual, relentless, reckless state of socio-spatial upheaval and reinvention: literal and metaphorical forms of rot and decay leading to destruction and demolition, resulting in re-development and/as ‘regeneration’ (Furbey 1999). NAVIGATING THE USERS’ GUIDE A playful and oftentimes subversive and contentious examination of what we might begin to think of as the physical, discursive, and ideological ‘bodies of drugs’ (C.

Artaud, Antonin. 1976. ” In Antonin Artaud Selected Writings, edited by Susan Sontag, 338–9. Berkley: University of California Press. Barnes, Kendall, Gordon Wiatt, Nicholas Gill, and Chris Gibson. 2006. ’ ” Australian Geographer 37: 335–54. Baudelaire, Charles. 1996. Artificial Paradise. Translated by Stacey Diamond. New York: Citadel Press. Becker, Howard. 1963. Outsiders: Studies in the Sociology of Deviance. New York: The Free Press. Benjamin, Walter. 2006. On Hashish. Edited by Howard Eiland.

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