Dangerous drugs, dangerous mothers: Gender, responsibility and the problematisation of parental substance use

Flacks, S. 2019. Dangerous drugs, dangerous mothers: Gender, responsibility and the problematisation of parental substance use. Critical Social Policy. 39 (3), pp. 477-497. https://doi.org/10.1177/0261018318795573

TitleDangerous drugs, dangerous mothers: Gender, responsibility and the problematisation of parental substance use
TypeJournal article
AuthorsFlacks, S.
Abstract

If, as many would have it, the ‘drugs problem’ is among the more perilous and uncompromising challenges of our times, parental substance misuse represents one of its most insidious expressions. The past 15 years has seen the ‘hidden harms’ experienced by the children of drug users emerge as a principal concern for national policy actors and local service provision. However, there has been relatively little critique of the assumptions and epistemological foundations underscoring this policy shift, or of the preoccupation with the ‘family’ in drug policy in general. Through examination of seminal policy documents relating to parental substance misuse, and using Carol Bacchi’s ‘What’s the Problem Represented to Be?’ (WPR) approach, this article attends more closely to the formulation of parental drug use as a significant policy problem, and to the family as a principal site for the constitution of drug harms.

Keywordsaddiction, children, drug policy, families, parenting
JournalCritical Social Policy
Journal citation39 (3), pp. 477-497
ISSN0261-0183
Year2019
PublisherSage
Accepted author manuscript
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0261018318795573
Web address (URL)http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0261018318795573
Publication dates
Published01 Aug 2019
Published online23 Aug 2018

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