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    Biopolitics, Knowledge and Borders in Global Drug Policy


    (Bio)politics, Knowledge and Borders in Global Drug Policy

     Ondrej Ditrych, and Constanza Sánchez Avilés.

    Governing Human Life



    About the book

    The book delves into the intersection of biopolitics and global drug policy. It uses the lens of continental social theory to critically examine the existing drug control regimes. The authors aim to provide an empirically detailed analysis and focus on how these policies intersect with issues like democracy, authoritarianism, the role of scientific evidence, and the effects on marginalized communities like migrants.

    The authors explore how drug control policies often lead to states of exception that are in tension with democratic principles. They use the Czech Republic as a case study to illustrate the evolution of drug policy and its relation to democracy and authoritarianism. Moreover, the book questions what counts as legitimate “knowledge” in the formulation of drug policies. It argues that so-called “evidence-based” approaches often perpetuate coercive and punitive measures rather than challenging them.

    The book serves as a comprehensive critique of global drug control regimes, using continental social theory to expose the inherent biases and power dynamics. It calls for a more nuanced understanding of these policies, emphasizing the need for alternative approaches that are rooted in evidence, social justice, and democratic principles.



    This book presents an analysis tracing the operation of biopolitical mode of power in the global field of drug control. Through a series of theoretically framed investigations that relate current drug control policies to the broader frame of “vital politics,” it attends to the relationship of drug control, democracy and authoritarianism and showcases these pressures on the case of the evolution of drug policy in the Czech Republic. Then, it turns attention to the relationship of power and knowledge, with a particular focus on “evidence-based” policy that tends to more often sustain, rather than challenge coercive and punitive drug control policies. Last but not least, it looks at how the global drug control dispositif shapes those lives on one of Europe’s (internal) periphery, the Spanish Southern border. These investigations are intended to illuminate elements of the operation of the drug control dispositif and its far reaching (bio-)political effects in order to maintain and expand the space for thinking political alternatives.


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    Categories: Studies & papers , Drug policies
    Tags: global , prohibition , biopolitics , scientific research , study , drug policy