Into the Cracks: A Geology of Encounters with Addiction as Disease and Moral Failing

Sep. 10, 2010

Source: International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Volume 23, Issue 5 (September 2010), pages 615 – 634.

The author is thinking with Deleuze's ethical practice of 'being on the lookout' for encounters with the cracks.

The author works with Deleuze and Guattari, Deleuze and Foucault in a geological and genealogical mode of inquiry to examine the preoccupation over whether addiction is a disease or a moral failing. The author raises raising questions about the modes of subjectivation produced by these designations. The author uses data from research conducted in the USA on access to health care for people who use illicit drugs.

The author works through a series of encounters, entering into the cracks, where things are already breaking up to unhinge thinking from usual habits to consider what our explanations of addiction produce and to chart different territory, creating different possibilities for insight and action.

Updated: Mar. 02, 2011