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Deposition: drugs in theory

Dave Boothroyd

in Culture on Drugs

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780719055980
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700921 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719055980.003.0001
Deposition: drugs in theory

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This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this book, which is about the place of drugs in culture or in cultural theorising. The book comprises a series of experimental readings of a number of texts by writers whose own diverse inquiries into the condition of modernity have found prominence in the annals of twentieth-century philosophy and cultural theory. These include the works of Sigmund Freud, Walter Benjamin, Jean-Paul Sartre, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze. The book analyses texts and contexts that collectively illustrate how theoretical impulses, trajectories and decisions are shaped and directed by an encounter with drugs, illustrating the sense in which high modernity is a form of culture on drugs.

Keywords: drugs; cultural theorising; philosophy; cultural theory; Sigmund Freud; Walter Benjamin; Jean-Paul Sartre; Jacques Derrida; Michel Foucault; Gilles Deleuze

Chapter.  11844 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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