1st Edition

Drugs, Law, People, Place and the State Ongoing regulation, resistance and change

Edited By Stewart Williams, Barney Warf Copyright 2017
    162 Pages
    by Routledge

    162 Pages
    by Routledge

    Though any psychoactive substance can be revered or reviled as a drug, as people’s cultural norms shift, ultimately its status is determined in law by the state. This publication explores the regulation of drugs – alcohol and cannabis to heroin and cocaine – and practices such as social drinking and public injecting under political regimes. Drugs are discussed in their geographical contexts: the colonial legacy of cannabis prohibition for bioprospecting in Africa; the veracity of the persistent notion of the narco-state; Turkey’s governance of drinking amid civil unrest; and alcohol’s place in the neoliberal political economy of Ireland. In addition, drug policies are examined: from problems in managing drug-related litter in the UK to supervised injecting facility provision in Australia; harm reduction in Canada; and the global network of drug policy activists. Place is significant, but porous borders, territorial overlaps and multi-scalar linkages are influential in remaking the world through current challenges to the ‘war on drugs’. This book was originally published as a special issue of Space & Polity.

    1. Introduction
      Stewart Williams & Barney Warf
    2. The agricultural politics of Cannabis control in colonial and post-colonial sub-Saharan Africa
      Chris Duval
    3. The myth of the narco-state
      Pierre-Arnaud Chouvy
    4. From raki to ayran: regulating the place and practice of drinking in Turkey
      Emine Ö. Evered & Kyle T. Evered
    5. Neoliberalism and the alcohol industry in Ireland
      Julien Mercille
    6. Colliding intervention in the spatial management of street-based injecting and drug related litter in public settings
      Stephen Parkin
    7. Space, scale and jurisdiction in health service provision for drug users: the legal geography of a supervised injecting facility
      Stewart Williams
    8. Political struggles on a frontier of harm reduction drug policy: geographies of constrained policy mobility
      Andy Longhurst & Eugene McCann
    9. Mobilizing drug policy activism: conference spaces, convergence spaces, and assemblage
      Cristina Temenos
    10. Conclusion
      Barney Warf & Stewart Williams


    Stewart Williams is interested in matters of risk, regulation and resilience from the perspective of public policy and spatial planning. He has combined critical social theory with mixed research methods to analyse housing and homelessness, climate change and disaster management, community decline and regeneration, and drug production and consumption.

    Barney Warf’s research concerns producer services and telecommunications, particularly the geographies of the internet, including the digital divide, e-government, and internet censorship. He examines these topics, and such others as political geography, religion, cosmopolitanism, and corruption, through the lens of political economy and social theory.