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Pleasure Consuming Medicine: The Queer Politics of Drugs

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On a summer night in 2007, the Azure Party, part of Sydney’s annual gay and lesbian Mardi Gras, is underway. Alongside the party outfits, drugs, lights, and DJs is a volunteer care team trained to deal with the drug-related emergencies that occasionally occur. But when police appear at the gates with drug-detecting dogs, mild panic ensues. Some patrons down all their ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published July 17th 2009 by Duke University Press Books (first published 2009)
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Elevate Difference
Dec 13, 2009 Elevate Difference rated it it was amazing
Pleasure Consuming Medicine is the deliciously (and ambiguously) titled new work by the Senior Lecturer in Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney, Kane Race. His difficult but rewarding text joins a number of new works about the pleasures (not just punishments) of drug use. New works by Sarah Maclean, Joao Biehl, Philippe Bourgois, Lee Hoffer, Merrill Singer, and others have begun to flesh out in ethnographic richness the theoretical provocations of the French social ...more
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Ok, briefly, and hopefully someday I will revisit this in full; this is a few great ideas presented in such a muddied, poor and meandering manner that it seems engineered to undermine the strength of these ideas.
(1) the idea that we should look at the pharmacology of self-fashioning (esp anti-retroviral regimes for managing HIV) and how side effects, adherence, and the understanding of the individual works and
(2) juxtapose this with the self fashioning of drug use, especially the "crystal meth c
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Monica Barratt
Jan 04, 2012 Monica Barratt rated it it was amazing
Yesterday I finished reading Pleasure Consuming Medicine. I am inspired by a number of parts of the book. I love the way Race exposes the paradox between 'acceptable' drugs (medicine) and 'unacceptable' drugs (illicit drugs). The idea that HIV/AIDS actually fuelled the development of rave/dance party cultures is intriguing: that in the AIDS era, people sought pleasures in communal dancing with MDMA - a kind of 'safe sex' through gaining similar pleasures without the same dangers of contracting ...more
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