Year of Award
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Master of Arts (MA)
Department or School/College
Department of Anthropology
Kimber Haddix McKay, Teresa Sobieszczyk
Actor Network Theory, Non-Medical Prescription Drug Use, Pleasure
University of Montana
Much of the epidemiological research conducted on non-medical prescription drug use assumes pharmaceuticals to have fixed, inherent euphorigenic qualities. Quantitative analysis of substance abuse depends on drugs acting predictably. However, this conception of pharmaceuticals has failed to account for the absence of pleasure when prescription drugs are taken as part of corrective or curative regimes. For this thesis I will employ Actor Network Theory (ANT) to explain how a prescription drug can emerge alternately as a substance either amenable to, or unresponsive in, producing pleasure. ANT suggests that the properties attributed to prescription drugs are not deterministic or unimpeachable, but are instead a result of networks of heterogeneous actants. Using interview data collected among young adults about their early non-prescribed pharmaceutical episodes, and comparing these experiences to those of accomplished users, I will illustrate how, during initial periods of transparent indeterminacy, pharmaceutical affects are not discovered, but rather are constructed and enacted through actant relationships.
Bundy, Henry Erikson, "Klonopin Collectifs, the “Charms” of Diverted Pharmaceuticals and Other Pleasures of Non-Medical Prescription Drug Use" (2010). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 606.
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