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Drug Taking and Employment: Exploring the Employable Citizen in UK Policy

Smith, Charlotte and Riach, Kathleen (2014) 'Drug Taking and Employment: Exploring the Employable Citizen in UK Policy.' Sociology. ISSN 0038-0385

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Abstract

This article extends contemporary debates surrounding drug taking and employment through exploring the importance of economic participation in UK anti-drug policy. Specifically, we undertake a critical discourse analysis (CDA) of recent drug-taking policy documents to demonstrate how key ideological repertoires position drug consumption as the antithesis of economic potential and the productive subject. Engaging with recent critiques of neoliberalism, we develop the concept of the ‘employable citizen’ to (i) capture the increasing regulation of working identities deemed viable or appropriate, and (ii) foreground the connections between the spaces of drug taking and employment. After analysing the taxonomies that connect drug taking and the employable citizen, we discuss how our findings inform the broader regulation of drug-taking policy. We then conclude by examining the implications of the employable citizen as an ideological position and its consequences in terms of influencing policy and organizational discussions surrounding drug taking and employment.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Drug taking and employment; employability; neoliberalism; public policy; work and citizenship
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Depositing User: Clare Chatfield
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2015 11:04
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015 11:04
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/15277

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