The use of pleasure in harm reduction: Perspectives from the History of Sexuality Race, Kane en_US 2021-11-25T15:12:42Z 2021-11-25T15:12:42Z 2008 en_US
dc.description.abstract The absence of pleasure in harm reduction discourse is more and more frequently noted, but few have considered what, exactly, more attention to pleasure might do. What is the value of pleasure for harm reduction praxis? Central to such an inquiry is the question of how pleasure is grasped, conceptually and methodologically. In this paper I use Foucault's History of Sexuality to elaborate a perspective on the use of pleasure within harm reduction. I argue that Foucault's work suggests a distinction between therapeutic and social-pragmatic approaches to pleasure, and that such a distinction is important for harm reduction ¿ to the extent that it seeks to maintain a critical awareness of the relation between stigma and care ¿ in that the latter model raises the possibility of maintaining de-pathologizing modes of care. An appreciation of pleasure in terms of its social pragmatics helps to recognize practices of safety, care and risk that might otherwise go unregistered in the current punitive political environment. It provides a basis for conceiving practical measures that are in touch with given concerns and bodily practices, and thus have more chance of being taken up. It also enables a more dynamic and responsive approach to the practice of bodies and pleasures. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0955-3959 en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
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dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.subject.other Harm reduction en_US
dc.subject.other drug use en_US
dc.subject.other pleasure en_US
dc.subject.other Foucault en_US
dc.title The use of pleasure in harm reduction: Perspectives from the History of Sexuality en_US
dc.type Journal Article en
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unsw.relation.faculty Arts Design & Architecture
unsw.relation.ispartofjournal International Journal of Drug Policy en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofpagefrompageto 417-423 en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofvolume 19 en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Race, Kane, National Centre in HIV Social Research, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, UNSW en_US Centre for Social Research in Health *
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