By Christopher B.R. Smith
Interpreting the interdependent nature of substance, house, and subjectivity, this booklet 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 the town are either inscribed by means of "controlled" substance. Positing dependancy 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 dependancy, offering as a substitute a theoretical reconceptualization of drug dependence within the phrases of "p/re/in-scription." Remapping the successive phases or stages 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. making use of an experimental, "intra-textual" layout, 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 elements of this publication hence jointly represent a clients’ advisor to city house.
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Simultaneously scripted, prescribed, inscribed, de-inscribed, and re-inscribed, the notion of pre/in/scription positions ‘addiction’ as a generalized, normalized phenomenon that is a symptomatic product of (late-)capitalist (narco-)modernity, and concentrated most densely in the urban cityscape. In this conceptual re-mapping, ‘addiction’ as it becomes manifest specifically in the case of drugs signals the immediate need for social control and regulation by destabilizing normative conceptions of consumption and disrupting the socio-spatial ‘order’ of the increasingly sanitized, privatized, and commercialized urban landscape, itself undeniably implicated in the phenomenon of p/re/in-scription.
Addiction, Modernity, and the City: A Users’ Guide to Urban Space by Christopher B.R. Smith