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Dark matters

Crime, technology and society by Angus Bancroft
Dark matters

Doing a PhD? Just read this and it will immediately show you how to do it and make you feel better about yourself

… or possibly it will make you feel very much worse. Not sure. But I think you need to know this. Discussing with research students about the many troubles of PhD life we often come back to a disagreement or misunderstanding about what a PhD is. So I want to …

Opioids and fentanyl in the digital supply chain: a material analysis of drug market habitus

This is the draft of a paper I am presenting at the International Forum on Drug Policy, hosted by the International Center for Drug Policy Studies at Shanghai University. The theme of the forum is  ‘The Fentanyl and Other Synthetic Opioids Crises: New Challenges and New Responses’. Introduction: the present …

Swindles of India and the lies we tell students

‘Common Swindles of India’ (Daly, 1931) is an impressionistic criminology where the author gathers together accounts from colonial Indian police on frequent cons they encounter. It is written with genteel disdain towards the Indian population who are portrayed as variously greedy and gullible, liable to fall for cheap and obvious …

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 this upsurge in new drugs, previously little known drugs, and drugs previously largely restricted to medicinal use, is the rise of artificial …

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 and buyers interact and adapt their psychoactive repertoires and habitus to drug distribution and use. Illicit drug supply has become more globally …

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 and work towards concrete goals. It leads to the maximalist trend in current debate where no solution is satisfactory and potential allies …


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