Life in Pain

Affective Economy and the Demand for Pain Relief

Authors: Fitzgerald, John L

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  • Proposes a novel theory that approaches pain as a commodity within an affective economy Offers a new framework for framing chronic pain management policy Appraises the growing medicinal cannabis industry from an international criminological perspective

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This book explores pain in a number of ways. At the heart of the book is an extension of Melzack’s neuromatrix theory of pain into the social, cultural, and economic fields. Specific assemblages involving varied institutions, flows of capital, encounters, and social and economic structures provide a framework for the formation of pain, its perception, experience, meaning, and cultural production. Complementing the extended neuromatrix is a second theory, focussed on the propensity of western market capitalism to seek out new areas of life to subsume to capital. Pain is one such life area that is now ripe for exploitation. Although the book has theory at its heart, it draws extensively on case studies to identify the contradictions and complexities. Case studies are drawn from accounts of drug use in varied contexts such as prescription drugs,  methamphetamine use, oxycodone use in North America, and the global rise of the medicinal cannabis marketplace. 

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John Fitzgerald is Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and an expert in alcohol and drug policy. His research focusses on the lived experience and cultural significance of psychoactive substance use, ranging across hallucinogenics, stimulants, opiates and alcohol. He has disciplinary expertise in ethnography, social science research methods, continental philosophy, discourse analysis, policing and health promotion. He often appears in the media as an expert commentator on matters relating to drug policy, policing and health.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Life in Pain
Book Subtitle
Affective Economy and the Demand for Pain Relief
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-5640-6
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-5640-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-5639-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 195
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 14 illustrations in colour
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