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By Toby Seddon

'A background of gear' info the heritage of the connection among medicinal drugs and freedom over the past two hundred years; therefore demanding and unravelling the 'naturalness' of the 'drug question', because it strains the a number of and heterogeneous traces of improvement out of which it's been assembled. advent : medications, freedom and liberalism -- A conceptual map : freedom, the "will" and dependancy -- Opium, law and classical liberalism : the drugstore act 1868 -- medicines, prohibition and welfarism : the damaging medicinal drugs act 1920 -- medicines, possibility and neo-liberalism : the medicine act 2005 -- medicinal drugs as a legislation and governance challenge -- Conclusions : medications and freedom within the liberal age

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Using the governmentality lens, he suggests that a focus on understanding ‘practices of freedom’, that is the practical character of the idea of freedom, casts a rather different light on the concept 20 A History of Drugs compared with more philosophical or ideological perspectives. Rather than freedom being the opposite of regulation and governance, in the sense that government places restrictions on our ‘natural’ state of being free, Rose argues that freedom is actually part of the means through which government is achieved.

In what has become a well-worn phrase, Bauman (1988: 93) has referred to the idea of ‘flawed consumers’ becoming the new ‘outsiders’ or ‘excluded’ within latemodern societies. 3 summarizes these ‘master’ changes in conceptions of ‘addiction’ since its invention in the late eighteenth century. 3 ‘Master’ changes in conceptions of ‘addiction’ in liberal government Phase One: Classical liberalism Phase Two: Welfare liberalism Phase Three: Neo-liberalism 1. Nature of ‘addiction’ Addiction as a disease of the will Addiction as a source of risk 2.

This was part of a much wider ‘statistical revolution’ in the early nineteenth century. Ian Hacking’s marvellous book The Taming of Chance charts in detail the intertwining of actuarial expertise, insurance and concerns about population health, which accompanied the ‘avalanche of printed numbers’ during this period (Hacking, 1990). g. Christison, 1854) as well as medical ones. Problematizing opium II: public health This rise of public health during the nineteenth century is another important strand of the genealogy, representing perhaps the principal dimension of the problematization of opium.

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