Injecting Bodies in More-than-Human Worlds

Dennis, Fay. 2019. Injecting Bodies in More-than-Human Worlds. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 9781138609556 [Book]

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Drug use is widely understood in terms of its subjects, substances and settings. But what happens when these distinctions start to blur?

Injecting Bodies in More-than-Human Worlds moves away from a hierarchical conceptualisation of drug use based on its subjects and their objects, offering unique and fresh insights into the complex world of injecting drugs. Focussing on the Deleuzian notion of bodies-in-process, Dennis proposes a new and timely approach to drugs where agency materialises in relation to others – human and not. Using rich, ethnographic data to demonstrate bodies’ in/capacities to act through their relationality, Dennis carefully maps out where bodies are thought, practised, 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 a deeper engagement both with how bodies are enacted and with our collective responsibility to bring them together in healthier ways, this volume offers 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.

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drugs, drug use, bodies, bodies-in-process, sociology

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Sociology > Centre for the Study of Invention and Social Process (CSISP)


8 March 2019

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03 May 2019 08:45

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10 Mar 2021 15:49


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