Inventing Drugs: A Genealogy of a Regulatory Concept

  title={Inventing Drugs: A Genealogy of a Regulatory Concept},
  author={Toby Seddon},
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  • Published 1 September 2016
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  • International
The trade in, and consumption of, illicit drugs is perhaps the archetypal ‘wicked problem’ of our time – complex, globalized, and seemingly intractable – and presents us with one of the very hardest legal and policy challenges of the twenty‐first century. The central concept of a ‘drug’ remains under‐theorized and largely neglected by critical socio‐legal and criminological scholars. Drawing on a range of primary archival material and secondary sources, this article sets out a genealogy of the… 

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