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The emergence of the affected adult family member in drug policy discourse: A Foucauldian perspective

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dc.contributor.author Devaney, Eva
dc.date.accessioned 2018-01-31T08:47:45Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Devaney, E. (2017) The emergence of the affected adult family member in drug policy discourse: A Foucauldian perspective. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 24(4), pp.359-367. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/6514
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract The affected adult family member has increasingly received attention in drug research, policy and practice fields; however, this development has received limited critical and theoretical examination with respect to the presuppositions underpinning its rationale. Using a Foucauldian theoretical perspective, this article traces how families have been problematised in the treatment and rehabilitation domains of Irish drug policy and considers the political implications. A poststructuralist method, Bacchi’s (2009) “What’s the Problem Represented to Be?” approach, is applied to the analysis of eight drug policy documents published in Ireland between 1971 and 2009. Families are constructed as contributing to both the problem and solution of adolescent drug use. They are imagined as a key resource in treatment of adult drug use but as needing support in this role; and, as such they are constructed as service users in their own right. Families are governed through responsibilisation. The behavioural policy solutions are individualising and preclude alternative solutions that address political, socio-economic and gender inequalities that shape the experiences of affected families. The findings may be used as a starting point for critical reflection on the assumptions and privileged forms of knowledge and expertise that are shaping policy and practices relating to affected families. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy;24 (4), pp. 359-367
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09687637.2017.1340433
dc.rights This is an Author's Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy 2017 copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09687637.2017.1340433 en_US
dc.subject drug policy en_US
dc.subject families en_US
dc.subject governmentality studies en_US
dc.subject Foucault en_US
dc.title The emergence of the affected adult family member in drug policy discourse: A Foucauldian perspective en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/09687637.2017.1340433
dc.contributor.sponsor IRC en_US
dc.date.embargoEndDate 2018-07-07
dc.embargo.terms 2018-07-07 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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