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Drug Taking and Employment: Exploring the Employable Citizen in UK Policy

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posted on 16.04.2015, 08:49 by Charlotte V. L. Smith, K. Riach
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.

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Citation

Sociology December 17, 2014 0038038514554330

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCE/School of Management

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

Sociology December 17

Publisher

SAGE Publications, British Sociological Association

issn

0038-0385

eissn

1469-8684

Copyright date

2014

Available date

17/12/2015

Publisher version

http://soc.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/12/16/0038038514554330

Language

en