Month: June 2022

Real dreams of altered states: war, addiction and deep time

Deep time understanding is why Finland now sits atop a network of nuclear bunkers that can house most of the population. It is why media savvy elite Russians…

Opioids and fentanyl are a drug ‘power category’

The EMCCDA and others (Duke, 2019; European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, 2019) have highlighted the rise of novel psychoactive substances (NPS) and one dimension of…

Illicit digital hybridity, market habitus and the global supply chain

Digital drug distribution has a number of effects that are not just about the market working more efficiently through digital devices, but which are reshaping how drug sellers…

Prisons have already been abolished, and the police defunded

Contemporary social movements in the West either forget past achievements made in their name or hold them in outright contempt. That is damaging to their ability to identify…

Leisure zones and the intoxication context

An insight of the sociology of consumer society from Veblen onwards is the way modern societies turn free time into a zone of performance, status and economic activity….

What does money mean: the market habitus

‘For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living‘ Mark, 12: 44,…

Is it ever okay to override someone’s lived experience in your research? (This post discusses sexual assault)

Yes, absolutely, all the time, 100%, this is what you are here for, you must be prepared to do this and you wouldn’t be doing your job if…

Unit of analysis, unit of observation and what’s in your reality bag of tricks

I used to teach my students that they had to get the unit of analysis right and everything in their research design would flow from that. It is…

Crimetech – It’s like fintech, but not as much of a scam

Crimetech is a catch all for the technology developed by criminal enterprises to further their aims. It is the set of botnets, hacking tools,  bulletproof hosting and interfaces…


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