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Blackman, Shane (2004) Chilling out. The cultural politics of substance consumption, youth and drug policy. Berkshire, England: Open University Press .

This book critically examines the assumptions underlying drug prohibition and explores the contradictions of drug prevention policies. For the first time in this field, it combines a wide-ranging exploration of the global political and historical context with a detailed focus on youth culture, on the basis that young people are the primary target of drug prevention policies.

Chilling Out provides a critical map of drugs, bringing together work on drugs as a source of political state repression and regulation of morality through medical discourse, work on drugs as cultural commodities in film, popular music, advertising and tourism, work on ‘drug normalisation’, subcultural deviance and the politics of drug education.

• How are drug war politics, drug prevention, popular culture and drug consumption interconnected?
• What are the major contradictions, assumptions and silences within the moral arguments of drug policy makers?
• What are the implications for the viability of drugs policy?


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