Controlling illicit drug users in China: from incarceration to community?

Managing a population of illicit drug users remains essentially a ‘law and order’ issue for neoliberal societies. There has been a wider disciplinary movement in the control of this population from incarceration to risk management. This paper specifically examines the community rehabilitation progra...

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Published in:The Australian and New Zealand journal of criminology
Main Author: Yuan, Xiaoyu (Author)
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
Published: [2019]
In:The Australian and New Zealand journal of criminology
Year: 2019, Volume: 52, Issue: 4, Pages: 483-498
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Summary:Managing a population of illicit drug users remains essentially a ‘law and order’ issue for neoliberal societies. There has been a wider disciplinary movement in the control of this population from incarceration to risk management. This paper specifically examines the community rehabilitation program in an urban city in China, in light of the claimed policy change. Using in-depth interviews with illicit drug users, it reveals how state control has been extended over this group. A comparative analysis with drug treatment in the West raises some dissonances through crime control lens. Limitations of this study as well as suggestions for future research are discussed.
ISSN:1837-9273
DOI:10.1177/0004865819844549