Making drug harms: Punishments for drugs offenders who pose risks to children

Flacks, S. 2018. Making drug harms: Punishments for drugs offenders who pose risks to children. European Journal of Criminology. Advanced online publication. doi:10.1177/1477370818775291

TitleMaking drug harms: Punishments for drugs offenders who pose risks to children
AuthorsFlacks, S.
Abstract

Images of children are routinely used in discourses on drugs, offering a compelling rationale for adopting particular policy positions or legislative reforms. However, the importance of childhood to the constitution of drug harms, and the punishment and subjectification of drug users and offenders, have rarely been the subject of enquiry, whether within drug and alcohol studies, criminology or legal studies. Scholarship on criminal sentencing in England and Wales is also relatively sparse, and has been dominated by analyses of the ‘legal-rational’ logic of particular provisions or reforms. This paper, which relies on the premise that drugs and their effects are constituted through discourse, and are thus contingent, variable and unstable, identifies the ‘collateral realities’ (Law, 2011) that are enacted during legislative and judicial attempts to stabilize the harms caused by drugs to children and communities.

KeywordsChildren, collateral realities, drug dealing, drugs, sentencing
JournalEuropean Journal of Criminology
ISSN1477-3708
Year2018
PublisherSage
Accepted author manuscriptEURO_Journal_Resubmission_PRE_PROOF.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1177/1477370818775291
Publication dates
Published online19 May 2018

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