Materialising drugged pleasures: Practice, politics, care

Dennis, Fay and Farrugia, Adrian, eds. 2017. Materialising drugged pleasures: Practice, politics, care, International Journal of Drug Policy, 49. 0955-3959 [Edited Journal]

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The marginality of pleasure in alcohol and other drug (AOD) policy, related health interventions and public discourse is an ongoing concern for AOD researchers. While this neglect of pleasure is now well documented (e.g. Coveney & Bunton, 2003; Holt & Treoloar, 2008; Hunt & Evans, 2008; O’Malley & Valverde, 2004; Moore, 2008), what pleasure is and how it emerges has not been a primary analytic focus. Rather, AOD research on pleasure has tended to center on the social, economic and political processes ‘driving’ or denying pleasure. In this way, the materiality of pleasure itself has often been positioned as a commonsense stable force (e.g. located at the site of the body), or what Bruno Latour (2004) might refer to as a matter of fact. In this collection, however, the contributors delve into the inner social and material workings of pleasure as a matter of concern, that is, a precarious ‘event’ or ‘enactment’ involving various human and nonhuman actors and forces, which make it vulnerable, contingent and multiple. This begs the question, when recent commentators argue we need to talk about pleasure (Davey, 2015), and ask ‘where’s the pleasure?’ (Ritter, 2014): what pleasure are we talking about? In gathering these articles together in this themed collection we, along with the authors of each contribution, ask what the ‘new materialist’ turn can tell us about drugged pleasures and what new forms of pleasure can emerge in its presence.

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November 2017

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