Addiction, Modernity, and the City: A Users’ Guide to Urban by Christopher B.R. Smith

By Christopher B.R. Smith

Studying the interdependent nature of substance, area, and subjectivity, this booklet 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 the 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 dependancy, presenting as an alternative a theoretical reconceptualization of drug dependence within the phrases of "p/re/in-scription." Remapping the successive levels or levels of our narcotic modernity, the 3rd part – Narco/State – delineates 3 basic eras of narcotic modernity, together with the modern urban of "safe"/"supervised" intake. utilising an experimental, "intra-textual" layout, the fourth part – Brain/Disease – mimics the feel, country or scape of intoxication accompanying every one permutation of narcotic modernity within the interchangeable phrases of drug, dream and/or affliction. Tracing the parallel evolution of "addiction," the (late-)capitalist cityscape, and the pathological undertaking of modernity, the 4 components of this e-book hence jointly represent a clients’ consultant to city area.

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NAVIGATING THE USERS’ GUIDE A playful and oftentimes subversive and contentious examination of what we might begin to think of as the physical, discursive, and ideological ‘bodies of drugs’ (C. 11 In an effort to stem disorientation, it is therefore important to provide a few brief navigational notes from the outset. First, it is of critical importance to acknowledge that the story of narcotic modernity is a meandering, circuitous story—a story that doubles back on itself, whose murky beginnings lay in the birth of the technological infrastructure underpinning urban modernity, and whose conclusion or end point might reside in the long-dreamt-of final fusion or synthesis between machines and the (always already prosthetic, cyborg) human entities who ostensibly create and produce them; here, the inherent inter-/intra-activity of the drug/addict’s ‘prosthetic ontology’ (Derrida 1993; Goodeve 1999; Ronell 1992) in many ways mirrors the subversive nature and experimental, intra-textual elements at work in this text.

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4. As detailed in subsequent chapters, however, Buck-Morss (1992, 12) argues that the physical environment is an inherent part of the human nervous system, acting as “the source for stimuli and the arena for motor response”. In this sense, the brain can thus be seen as an assemblage: “not an isolable anatomical body, but part of a system that passes through the person and her or his (culturally specific, historically transient) environment” (1992, 12). 5. That is, in the form of literature, or the case of behaviour such as gambling, work, sex, eating, or exercise, all of which have either been clinically diagnosed or popularly perceived as potential addictive behaviours.

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