Examining the interdependent nature of substance, space, and subjectivity, this book constitutes an interdisciplinary analysis of the intoxication indigenous to what has been termed "our narcotic modernity." The first section – Drug/Culture – demonstrates how the body of the addict and the social body of the city are both inscribed by "controlled" substance. Positing addiction as a "pathology (out) of place" that is specific to the (late-)capitalist urban landscape, the second section – Dope/Sick – conducts a critique of the prevailing pathology paradigm of addiction, proposing in its place a theoretical reconceptualization of drug dependence in the terms of "p/re/in-scription." Remapping the successive stages or phases of our narcotic modernity, the third section – Narco/State – delineates three primary eras of narcotic modernity, including the contemporary city of "safe"/"supervised" consumption. Employing an experimental, "intra-textual" format, the fourth section – Brain/Disease – mimics the sense, state or scape of intoxication accompanying each permutation of narcotic modernity in the interchangeable terms of drug, dream and/or disease. Tracing the parallel evolution of "addiction," the (late-)capitalist cityscape, and the pathological project of modernity, the four parts of this book thus together constitute a users’ guide to urban space.
Part One: Drug/Culture: At Home in the Addicted City 1. Drug/Culture: Addiction, Modernity, and the City 2. Bodies of Substance: The (Abject) Body of the Addict and the Social Body of the (Addicted) City 3. Medi(t)ations on/of Controlled, Foreign and/or Illicit Substance Part Two: Dope/Sick: Bootstraps, Brain Diseases and the Depathologization of Drug Dependence 4. Pathology (out) of Place and the Disorder of Drugs 5. Depathologizing Drug Dependence: P/re/in-scription, Consumer Capitalism and Control Societies Part Three: Narco/State: Excavating the Socio-Spatial Permutations of Narcotic Modernity 6. Socio-Spatial Permutations of Narcotic Modernity: The Cities of Phantasmagoria and Shock, Spectacle and Alienation 7. The Contemporary Cityscape as Site of Safe/Supervised Consumption Part Four: Brain/Disease: The Deafening Internal Dialogue of Fractal Interiorities 8. The Intoxication of Narcotic Modernity: Cyborg Subjectivity, Urban Space, and the Media/Technology of Substance 9. Postscript to P/re/in-scription: A Users’ Guide to Urban Space