By Christopher B.R. Smith
Studying the interdependent nature of substance, area, and subjectivity, this publication 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 a substitute 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. applying an experimental, "intra-textual" structure, the fourth part – Brain/Disease – mimics the feel, kingdom or scape of intoxication accompanying each one permutation of narcotic modernity within the interchangeable phrases of drug, dream and/or illness. Tracing the parallel evolution of "addiction," the (late-)capitalist cityscape, and the pathological undertaking of modernity, the 4 components of this ebook hence jointly represent a clients’ advisor to city house.
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Underlying the analytical framework informing the broader analysis of the socio-spatial permutations of narcotic modernity, in other words, rests the dynamic, interdependent interrelationship between substance, space, and subjectivity. In the early 1960s, countercultural icon and pioneering pubic proponent of LSD Timothy Leary (1964, 11) coined the expression “drug, set and setting” to describe and explain the various factors directly involved in informing the psychedelic drug experience. ). Extending Leary’s work, the arguments that serve to frame this book are fundamentally premised on the dynamic, interdependent interactivity between substance, space, and subjectivity.
The mediating, p/re/in-scribing role or force of substance, as well as how the substance/space/subjectivity dynamic is informed by notions of pathology and place, dis/order, consumption, and control, are discussed in considerably more depth in later chapters. At this point it will suffice to say, however, that the notion of substance, in the sense of ‘illicit’, ‘controlled’, or ‘foreign’ material that is introduced into the body, ingested—or in what is often considered to be the most abject example, injected2—is the stuff that binds social and spatial bodies together—mediating between both the body of the addict and the social body of the city—each mapping on to and ‘folding’ in to one another trace inscriptions of presence and belonging, identity and control (Deleuze 1995a, 112–113; Malins 2004).