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Interpreting the interdependent nature of substance, house, and subjectivity, this e-book constitutes an interdisciplinary research of the intoxication indigenous to what has been termed "our narcotic modernity." the 1st part – Drug/Culture – demonstrates how the physique of the addict and the social physique of town are either inscribed via "controlled" substance. Positing habit as a "pathology (out) of position" that's particular to the (late-)capitalist city panorama, the second one part – Dope/Sick – conducts a critique of the present pathology paradigm of habit, presenting as an alternative a theoretical reconceptualization of drug dependence within the phrases of "p/re/in-scription." Remapping the successive phases or stages of our narcotic modernity, the 3rd part – Narco/State – delineates 3 fundamental eras of narcotic modernity, together with the modern urban of "safe"/"supervised" intake. utilizing an experimental, "intra-textual" structure, the fourth part – Brain/Disease – mimics the experience, kingdom or scape of intoxication accompanying every one permutation of narcotic modernity within the interchangeable phrases of drug, dream and/or affliction. Tracing the parallel evolution of "addiction," the (late-)capitalist cityscape, and the pathological venture of modernity, the 4 components of this booklet hence jointly represent a clients’ consultant to city house.

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Here, ‘pre/in/inscription’ forms a conceptual tool that encompasses and signals a multitude of simultaneous theoretical trajectories, pointing to the irreducibility of ‘addiction’ to moral, criminological, or bio-medical models. Entailing a metaphorical archaeological investigation into the socio-spatial permutations, stages, or phases of narcotic modernity beginning at the turn Addiction, Modernity, and the City 15 of the twentieth century, the third section—Narco/State: Excavations of the Addicted City—works to delineate and analytically excavate three successive eras, stages, or phases of narcotic modernity and the addicted city (Derrida 1993; Wild 2002), from (1) the city of phantasmagoria and shock, to (2) the city of spectacle and alienation, to (3) the contemporary late-capitalist city as site of ‘safe’/‘supervised’ consumption and consequent psycho-social dislocation, each corresponding to a distinct spatio-temporal era of (late-) capitalist, (post-)industrial (narco-)modernity over the approximate course of the last century.

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