What is 'addiction'? What does it say about us, our social arrangements and our political preoccupations? Where is it going as an idea and what is at stake in its ongoing production? Drawing on ethnographic research, interviews and media and policy texts, this book traces the remaking of addiction in contemporary Western societies.
Suzanne Fraser is Associate Professor at the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, Australia. She leads the Social Studies of Addiction Concepts Research Program and has published widely on drug use, health, the body and science. David Moore is Professor at the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University, Australia. He leads the Ethnographic Research Program and has written extensively on the social and cultural contexts of alcohol and other drug use. Helen Keane is Senior Lecturer in the School of Sociology at the Australian National University. She has written extensively on alcohol and other drug use, pharmaceutical drugs, understandings of addiction and harm reduction. She is the author of What's Wrong with Addiction?