Tuer au nom de la « guerre à la drogue » : une section spéciale de la 1ère réunion régionale asiatique de l'ISSDP


Tuer au nom de la « guerre à la drogue » : une section spéciale de la 1ère réunion régionale asiatique de l'ISSDP

30 novembre 2022

Ce recueil d'essais met en évidence le fait que les exécutions extrajudiciaires approuvées par l'État au nom du contrôle des drogues ont moins à voir avec la préservation des valeurs culturelles qu'avec la conservation du pouvoir politique. Pour en savoir plus, en anglais, veuillez lire les informations ci-dessous.

Killing in the name of the war on drugs: a special section from the 1st Asian regional meeting of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy

Edited by Karen Laidler

Excerpt from the Editorial, by Karen Laidler:

The aim of this special section is to build on the growing body of work on drug policy in the Global South, and the violence associated with the global war on drugs (Bourgois, 2018; Ghiabi, 2018; Bhatia et al., 2021). These observers have noted that the war on drugs is real, with states, armed with punitive drug laws and employing varying levels of military and law enforcement tactics to strike hard against those involved in the drug market. As Ghiabi (2018:210) argues, the target is not the drug itself, but “the categories deemed worthy of punishment… the transversally poor, marginal, unorthodox, subaltern groups of humans around the globe. The rich and bourgeois classes are practically left untouched by the ‘War on Drugs…” The justification for killings, whether state sanctioned or extrajudicial, has been couched in the specificities of culture and its preservation. Yet it is apparent from this collection of essays, that the ability to exercise structural violence is less about the preservation of cultural values of collectivism, and more to do with the preservation of political power. The result is not a united community, but in fact, a sharply divided society. Such policies further entrench the culture of shame and stigma against persons who use drugs and affords those in power with political and economic capital.

Profils associés

  • International Journal of Drug Policy