Digital drug markets as territories

Introduction This paper theorises drug markets through the concept of digital territory. I hypothesis that territorialisation is a critical process involving onshoring and binding the market as a virtual, bounded place. The availability of controlled substances is mediated through two broad and interrelated distribution types. Social supply between friends and acquaintances relies on a moral …

A bit of a paper I’m working on – How illicit online drug market cues up intoxication potency and produces a risk reflective, rational subjectivity among opiate users

Markets embed a specific kind of illicit drug culture I wanted to think through how the specific configuration of digital illicit markets shape subjectivity. The purpose  is to outline how a specific type of online drug focused marketplace produces drug dealer and user subjectivities. Typically, illicit drug distribution can be characterised as taking place between …

What’s your contribution to knowledge? Go on I’m waiting…

‘Use the weapon’ (‘Arrival’, Villeneuve 2016) What is a PhD? PhDs are defined by their original contribution to knowledge. In order to be awarded a PhD the University of Edinburgh degree regulations state: ‘47. The student must demonstrate by the presentation of a thesis and/or portfolio, and by performance at an oral examination: capability of pursuing …

Waiting for the delivery man: Temporalities of addiction, withdrawal and the pleasures of dope time  

This is the draft text of an article I completed during our staff/student writing workshop, revised from earlier. Waiting for the delivery man: Temporalities of addiction, withdrawal and the pleasures of dope time Abstract A range of work published in the drug field has reinscribed drug user experience as embodied  – challenging researchers to think …