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A Fine Line

Painkillers and Pleasure in the Age of Anxiety

Authors: Dertadian, George C.

  • Provides a long overdue full-length critical scholarly work on the subject of pharmaceutical opioid abuse
  • Canvasses historical shifts in Australian drug policy and international literature on non-medical consumption
  • Addresses the discursive construction of painkiller (ab)use as it is articulated in research and policy accounts
  • Provides an original empirical investigation that draws on the lived experience of those who engage in non-medical consumption
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About this book

Are painkillers mundane medications safe for use to ease human suffering? Or are they drugs of abuse that cause addiction and death? Do they ameliorate pain, or do they cause it? This book explores growing interest among medical practitioners media outlets about the ‘misuse’ or ‘abuse’ of pharmaceutical pain medications. It contextualizes these emerging discourses of pharmaceutical ‘abuse’ within the social and political histories from which they have emerged by exploring the role of pleasure and pain in shaping individualized modes of medication consumption in a neoliberal age of anxiety.
The book is divided into two parts: the first addresses the discursive construction of painkiller (ab)use as articulated in research and policy accounts; the second part provides an empirical investigation that draws on the lived experience of those who engage in non-medical consumption. This book argues that, contrary to the stereotype of the ‘seductive’ drug that coaxes its user into a life of dysfunction, there appears to be an intimate relationship between the motivations of pleasure seeking, health practice and productive citizenship among people who use painkillers for non-medical reasons.

About the authors

George (Kev) Dertadian, Ph.D. is a social researcher interested in alcohol and other drugs, the sociology of crime and deviance, and social and cultural theory. Kev has conducted several qualitative projects on the non-medical use of pharmaceuticals at the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University and the Kirby Institute for infection and immunity, University of New South Wales, Australia. Kev is currently a Lecturer in Criminology as part of the School of Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction: Understanding Painkiller Use in Contemporary Society

    Dertadian, George C.

    Pages 3-34

  • Drugs Through Time: The History of the Regulation of Drug Consumption in Australia

    Dertadian, George C.

    Pages 35-71

  • ‘Discovering’ Non-Medical (Ab)Use: The Meaning and Measurement of Non-Medical Consumption

    Dertadian, George C.

    Pages 73-107

  • Problematizing Pain: Medical, Social and Commercial Approaches to Pain

    Dertadian, George C.

    Pages 109-144

  • Chilling Out: Recreational and Painkiller Use Among Young People

    Dertadian, George C.

    Pages 147-170

Buy this book

eBook $69.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-981-13-1975-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $89.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-981-13-1974-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Fine Line
Book Subtitle
Painkillers and Pleasure in the Age of Anxiety
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-1975-4
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-1975-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-1974-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 285
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