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Drug control policies in Russia: unhealthy, deviant, and criminal
St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8840-1145
2016 (English)In: Baltic Worlds, ISSN 2000-2955, Vol. IX, no 4, 12-22 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines the policies on drug control and regulation in Russia. We demonstrate that, although agencies involved in drug con-trol and regulation are important for the reproduction of differentiated practices of drug use, they formulate a rather homogeneous image of a drug user as an unhealthy deviant and criminal, and an unequivocal threat to society. At the same time, in the process of policy realization, the most vulnerable groups of users become the main target of public intervention. As a result, stigmatization and violence against these groups becomes institutionalized and legitimized. Moreover, drug control and regulation resonate with a broader range of public policies and spill over into parts of society not associated with illicit drug use.

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2016. Vol. IX, no 4, 12-22 p.
Keyword [en]
Drug control, drug consumption
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Sociology
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Baltic and East European studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-31674OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-31674DiVA: diva2:1064620
Available from: 2017-01-12 Created: 2017-01-12 Last updated: 2017-06-20Bibliographically approved

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