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Gender, Aging and Drug Use: a Post-Structural Approach to the Life Course
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Criminology.
2015 (English)In: British Journal of Criminology, ISSN 0007-0955, E-ISSN 1464-3529, Vol. 55, no 2, 270-285 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article focuses on the ageing process among drug-using women, proceeded on the basis of a critical post-structural approach to the life-course (Ahmed 2006; Halberstam 2005; Holstein and Gubrium 2000; Mattsson 2014). The objective is to provide an alternative perspective on the life course to that which dominates current criminology. This perspective challenges prevailing norms and conceptions regarding the other, and in doing so focuses the analysis on the social mechanisms that lie behind social exclusion, crime and drug use. By means of the retrospective narratives of four women, who describe a rambling journey along crooked paths on the margins of the welfare state, the article reveals the nature of prevailing norms and conceptions regarding ageing, gender and drug use.

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2015. Vol. 55, no 2, 270-285 p.
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ageing, gender, drug use, life course, post-structural theory, queer theory
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-110415DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azu099ISI: 000351057700004OAI: diva2:771259
Levnadsförhållanden, handlingsutrymme och social kontroll i ljuset av en förändrad beroende- och missbruksvård
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2011-0902
Available from: 2014-12-12 Created: 2014-12-12 Last updated: 2015-04-21Bibliographically approved

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