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Title: Drug Taking and Employment: Exploring the Employable Citizen in UK Policy
Authors: Smith, Charlotte V. L.
Riach, K.
First Published: 17-Dec-2014
Publisher: SAGE Publications, British Sociological Association
Citation: Sociology December 17, 2014 0038038514554330
Abstract: This article extends contemporary debates surrounding drug taking and employment through exploring the importance of economic participation in UK anti-drug policy. Specifically, we undertake a critical discourse analysis (CDA) of recent drug-taking policy documents to demonstrate how key ideological repertoires position drug consumption as the antithesis of economic potential and the productive subject. Engaging with recent critiques of neoliberalism, we develop the concept of the ‘employable citizen’ to (i) capture the increasing regulation of working identities deemed viable or appropriate, and (ii) foreground the connections between the spaces of drug taking and employment. After analysing the taxonomies that connect drug taking and the employable citizen, we discuss how our findings inform the broader regulation of drug-taking policy. We then conclude by examining the implications of the employable citizen as an ideological position and its consequences in terms of influencing policy and organizational discussions surrounding drug taking and employment.
DOI Link: 10.1177/0038038514554330
ISSN: 0038-0385
eISSN: 1469-8684
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Archived with reference to SHERPA/RoMEO and publisher website. The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in Sociology December 17, 2014 0038038514554330 by SAGE Publications Ltd, All rights reserved. © the authors Charlotte Smith & Kathleen Riach
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