When two dark figures collide: Evidence and discourse on drug-related crime

Stevens, Alex (2007) When two dark figures collide: Evidence and discourse on drug-related crime. Critical Social Policy, 27 (1). pp. 77-99. ISSN 1461-703X . (doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/0261018307072208) (Full text available)

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This paper explores the socio-political construction of drug-related crime; a concept that has dominated recent developments in UK drug policy. It has been assumed that the perceived overlap between known offenders and drug users is also present among the much larger groups of unknown offenders and drug users. This assumption has led to inflated claims of scale, precision and causality in political discussions of the drug–crime link. The discourse coalition approach is used to analyse how such methodologically suspect knowledge has been translated into policy since 1997. It is argued that the concept of drug-related crime has been influential because it is tactically and structurally useful to powerful groups in discursive struggle.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: criminalization, policy, resistance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV5800 Drug use and miuse
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Taryn Duhig
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2012 11:59 UTC
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2017 06:36 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/29895 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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