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Chinese Stories of Drug Addiction

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781138946293
Author(s): Guy Ramsay
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2015
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Dimensions: 156 x 15 x 234 (w x l x h)
Pages: 143
Series: Routledge/Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) East Asian Series

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Addiction to illicit drugs is a pressing social concern across greater China, where there are likely several million drug addicts at present. This research breaks new ground by examining Chinese people's stories of drug addiction. Chinese Stories of Drug Addiction systematically evaluates how drug addiction is represented and constructed in a series of contemporary life stories and filmic stories from mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. These stories recount experiences leading up to and during drug addiction, as well as experiences during drug rehabilitation and recovery. Through analysis of these contemporary life stories and filmic stories, the book presents a comprehensive picture of how Chinese people from both inside the experience of drug addiction and outside of it make sense of a social practice that is deemed to be highly transgressive in Chinese culture. It employs a blended discourse analytic and narrative analytic approach to show how salient cultural, political and institutional discourses shape these Chinese stories and experiences.
Complementing existing humanities research which documents the historical narrative of drug addiction in China at the expense of the contemporary narrative, the book also provides health and allied professionals with a rich insight into how Chinese people from different geographical locations and walks of li Please click here to ask a question
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