Attitudes toward crime, criminals, and rehabilitation have shifted
considerably, yet the idea that there is a causal link between drug
addiction and crime prevails. As law reformers call for addiction
treatment as a remedy to the failing war on drugs, it is also time to
consider the serious implications of joining legal and therapeutic
practices in an assumedly benevolent bid to cure the offender.
Drawing on theoretical tools inspired by Foucault, Latour, and
Goffman, Criminal Artefacts casts doubt on the assumption that
drugs lie at the heart of crime. Case studies from drug treatment
courts and addiction treatment programs illustrate the tensions between
law and psychology, treatment and punishment, and conflicting theories
of addiction. By looking curiously on the criminal addict as an
artefact of criminal justice, this book asks us to question why the
criminalized drug user has become such a focus of contemporary criminal
This interdisciplinary book will appeal to students, academics, and
practitioners in law, social theory, criminology, criminal justice,
addictions, cultural studies, sociology, and science studies.
Dawn Moore is an assistant professor in the department of Law, Carleton University.
Acknowledgments Acronyms 1 Introduction 2 Mentalities of Treatment: The Criminal Addict and the Project of Change 3 The Personalities of Drugs 4 Translating Justice and Therapy: The Drug Treatment Court Network 5 Caring for the Addicted Self 6 Conclusion Notes; References; Index