Drug prevention, politics and knowledge: Ideology in the making
2014 (English)In: Addiction Research and Theory, ISSN 1606-6359, E-ISSN 1476-7392, Vol. 22, no 4, 336-347 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The quest for rational and effective methods for political action has long been at the forefront of Swedish drug policy and prevention. This article focuses on the ideological dimension of Swedish drug prevention policy during the years 1981–2011 by examining the knowledge utilisation in the construction of drugs as a political problem. Ten public reports have been analysed in terms of how drugs are constructed as problems in policy proposals, including an analysis of how knowledge is used in proposals for preventive measures. There was a marked shift in the 1990s in how the drug issue was constructed as a problem and what preventive measures should be taken. What used to be an issue of social exclusion that should be managed politically on a structural level now became a behavioural concern and a matter of liberal drug values. Values, then, were to be addressed by methods aimed at modifying individual behaviour. The analysis suggests that drug prevention today has been constructed in a way that precludes reading drugs as a problem of social exclusion. Drugs are constructed as a problem to be handled by experts rather than politics, which helps to circumvent demands for political accountability and the very possibility of constructing drugs as a political problem.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 22, no 4, 336-347 p.
Drug prevention, ideology, knowledge, policy, problem representation, Sweden
Research subject Sociology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-96391DOI: 10.3109/16066359.2013.856886ISI: 000339139000007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-96391DiVA: diva2:665680