Tendencies and trajectories: The production of subjectivity in an event of drug consumption

Ella Dilkes-Frayne, Cameron Duff

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Abstract

Posthumanist ontologies have been employed in theoretical and empirical research in human geography to explore the production of subjectivity in processes, events and relations. Similar approaches have been adopted in critical drug research to emphasise the production of subjectivity in events of drug consumption. Within each body of work questions remain regarding the durations and becomings of subjectivity. Responding to these questions, we introduce the notions of tendencies and trajectories as a way of theorising the emergent and enduring aspects of subjectivity. We ground this discussion in a select review of posthumanist geographies, geographies of habit and post-phenomenological approaches, along with vignettes drawn from an ethnographic study of young people’s recreational drug use conducted in Melbourne, Australia. We use these sources to indicate how the notions of tendencies and trajectories may help to account for the emergent and enduring aspects of processes of subjectivation in events of drug consumption.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)951-967
Number of pages17
JournalEnvironment and Planning D: Society and Space
Volume35
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Apr 2017

Keywords

  • subjectivity
  • tendencies
  • trajectories
  • event
  • drug use
  • posthumanism

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