Problematizing Prohibition: A Post Structuralist Analysis of BC’s Drug Decriminalization Framework

dc.contributor.authorSharp, Dee
dc.date.accessioned2022-06-29T17:26:38Z
dc.date.available2022-06-29T17:26:38Z
dc.date.copyright2022en_US
dc.date.issued2022-06-29
dc.description.abstractThis project uses Carrol Bacchi’s post-structuralist framework “What’s the Problem Represented to be?” (also known as a WPR approach) to conduct a critical policy analysis of the Government of British Columbia’s October 2021 request to Health Canada to decriminalize personal possession of illicit substances. Through a WPR approach, I place this public policy into a wider political context and understand how substance use continues to be problematized and regulated by the state. I evaluate how the policy challenges and/or reifies prohibition. This research looks closely at enduring discourses around drug use, deviance, criminality, public health, and public safety fifty years into the War on Drugs. Through this work, I ask critical questions around state intervention, harm reduction, decriminalization, and drug user liberation.en_US
dc.description.reviewstatusRevieweden_US
dc.description.scholarlevelUndergraduateen_US
dc.description.sponsorshipJamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Awards (JCURA)en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1828/14008
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectdrug decriminalizationen_US
dc.subjectsubstance use policyen_US
dc.subjectharm reduction, post-structuralismen_US
dc.subjectpolicy analysisen_US
dc.subjectWPR Approachen_US
dc.subjectCarol Bacchien_US
dc.titleProblematizing Prohibition: A Post Structuralist Analysis of BC’s Drug Decriminalization Frameworken_US
dc.typePosteren_US

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