Narcofeminisms: Revisioning drug use

Dennis, Fay; Pienaar, Kiran and Rosengarten, Marsha, eds. 2023. Narcofeminisms: Revisioning drug use. London: SAGE Publications. [Edited Book]

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Narcofeminisms: Revisioning Drug Use, aims to shift the sociological focus on drug use from a feminist concern with how drugs are used as regulatory technologies to control the conduct of women and other minoritised people, to an exploration of what drugs can do as a feminist practice.

Guest edited by Fay Dennis, Kiran Pienaar and Marsha Rosengarten, the collection of new scholarly work draws on the drug-user activist concept of “narcofeminism”, a collective movement “for women who use drugs to mobilise, fight for their right to self- determination and to have their voices heard”.

The monograph provides space to rethink how drugs are conceived in sociology, and chart their role in shaping selves and worlds. Narcofeminisms includes the perspectives of 15 contributors, including academics, activists and people whose lives are intimately connected with drugs.

Among the subjects explored in Narcofeminisms are “acid feminism”, harm reduction programmes, drugs and techno music, “chemsex”, alcohol harms, “wayward lives” and refusing recovery, drug dog policing operations, and the ambivalent pleasures of narcofeminist “alterlife”.

The monograph also features a conversation among five narcofeminist activists and the editors. Jamie Harary contributed the cover illustration.

The editors aim “not to dismiss or underplay the complexities that are part and parcel of the illicit world of drug use, notably the suffering and struggles that pervade it, but to dramatise how counterposing tensions of drug use (harms and benefits) are navigated. Instead of treating drugs as oppressive technologies (to be emancipated from), we ask what drugs can do (to emancipate, while inviting reflection on what emancipation means)”.

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August 2023

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