February 21, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 264 Pages
ISBN 9781138609556 - CAT# K388963
Series: Routledge Studies in the Sociology of Health and Illness
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Drug use is widely understood in terms on its subjects, substances and settings. But what happens when these distinctions start to blur?
Injecting Bodies in More-than-Human Worlds moves away from the ‘materiality’ of drug use and non-human matter and offers unique and fresh insights into the world of injecting drugs. Focusing on the Deleuzian-Spinozian notion of bodies-in-process, Dennis proposes a new and timely approach to drug use whereby bodies are conceptualized in relation to others - human and not - as something we do, as opposed to something we have. Using rich, ethnographic data to demonstrate their in/capacities to act through this relationality, Dennis carefully maps out where these bodies are thought, practiced, lived and intervened-with; caught in tension between pleasure and addiction, activity and passivity; ‘becoming-other’ and ‘becoming-blocked’; and making and breaking habits.
Arguing for deeper engagement both with how bodies are enacted and our collective role in combining them in healthier ways, this volume is a unique intervention into the sociology of drugs and, more widely, health and illness. It will appeal to students and researchers interested in fields such as Science and Technology Studies, Sociology and Social Policy, Drugs and Addiction, and Health and Medical Anthropology.
Introduction: Drug research in more-than-human worlds
Chapter 1: Approaching bodies: ‘Becoming-with’
Chapter 2: Thinking bodies: Conceptualising pleasure and not-so-pleasurable concepts
Chapter 3: Practicing bodies: ‘On the tilt’: The injecting event and the fragility of pleasure among other affects
Chapter 4: Living bodies: Vital becomings: Becoming-normal, -other and –blocked with drugs
Chapter 5: Intervening-with bodies: Troubling recovery: Mediating habits and doing more than harm reduction
Conclusion: Empowering bodies: Making bodies better?