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Sous l'emprise des objets ? Une anthropologie par la culture matérielle des drogues et dépendances

Abstract : The relationship between people and objects is examined in the context of legal and illegal drug consumption, both “real” and metaphorical. Meaning is a constantly shifting process which is built through action. These processes are described and analysed, beyond their purely symbolic dimension, by focussing on three areas of ethnography: the “coffee-and-a-cigarette” break, cannabis consumption and video games. Dependency is seen as a “category” through which people relate to objects and others in their daily lives. This is discussed in the context of other categories, like the notions of routine and “ritualisation”. Here, ”drugs” emerge as “objects of power”: not only in being ascribed power by the subjects and therefore exercising power over them, but also in exemplifying the power relations inherent in the cultural construction of norms (notions of deviance and legitimacy). Focussing on the body in action and interaction with material culture and other people leads to a wider appraisal of the role of the body in subjectivisation processes. The latter are understood as the ways in which subjects are “made” in action both on themselves and others within complex power networks.
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Mélanie Roustan. Sous l'emprise des objets ? Une anthropologie par la culture matérielle des drogues et dépendances. Sociologie. Université René Descartes - Paris V, 2005. Français. ⟨tel-00201317⟩



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