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By Christopher B.R. Smith

Studying the interdependent nature of substance, house, and subjectivity, this ebook 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 town are either inscribed via "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 present pathology paradigm of habit, offering as an alternative a theoretical reconceptualization of drug dependence within the phrases of "p/re/in-scription." Remapping the successive levels 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" structure, the fourth part – Brain/Disease – mimics the experience, nation or scape of intoxication accompanying each 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 e-book hence jointly represent a clients’ advisor to city house.

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After unpacking the general themes, arguments, and structure of the book in this, the first chapter, the remainder of this section then turns to explicitly address the interdependent, mutually constituting relationship between substance, space, and subjectivity. Beginning with a critical interrogation of the ‘bodies of drugs’ (C. Smith 2012a), the second chapter—“Bodies of Substance: The (Abject) Addiction, Modernity, and the City 13 Body of the Addict and the Social Body of the (Addicted) City”—initiates a critical theoretical examination of the interdependent, mutually constituting relationship between substance, space, and subjectivity by posing the question: how is the urban landscape of (late-)capitalist narcotic modernity inscribed on (and by) the body of the addict through discourse, policy, and the lived experience of urban redevelopment?

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