Social studies of addiction concepts

Concepts of ‘addiction’ vary across time and place. Focusing on alcohol and other drug (AOD) use, this research takes ideas of addiction as its central object of study, mapping and monitoring changes in addiction concepts and language in Australia and internationally. Drawing on a range of social scientific research methods such as in-depth interviewing,

policy analysis, cultural studies, ethnographic observation and international comparative collaborative techniques, NDRI aims to directly inform policy and help develop more effective approaches to improving AOD-related health and social outcomes in Australia.

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Fraser, S. and Ekendahl, M. (2018). ‘Getting better’: The politics of comparison in addiction treatment and research. Contemporary Drug Problems, 45, (2), pp. 87-106. DOI: 10.1177/0091450917748163 [RJ1388] View web page

Fraser, S., Farrugia, A., C. and Dwyer, R. (2018). Grievable lives? Death by opioid overdose in Australian newspaper coverage. International Journal of Drug Policy, 59, pp. 28-35. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2018.06.004 [RJ1434] View web page

Fraser, S., Valentine, K. and Ekendahl, M. (2018). Drugs, brains and other subalterns: Public debate and the new materialist politics of addiction (early online). Body & Society. DOI: 10.1177/1357034X18781738 [RJ1428] View web page

Fraser, S., Valentine, K. and Seear, K. (2018). Emergent publics of alcohol and other drug policymaking. Critical Policy Studies, 18, (1), pp. 61-81. DOI: 10.1080/19460171.2016.1191365 [RJ1210] View web page

Rance, J., Rhodes, T., Fraser, S., Bryant, J. and Treloar, C. (2018). Practices of partnership: Negotiated safety among couples who inject drugs. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine , 22, (1), pp. 3-19. DOI: 10.1177/1363459316660859 [RJ1230] View web page

Farrugia, A., C., Fraser, S. and Dwyer, R. (2017). Assembling the social and political dimensions of take-home naloxone. Contemporary Drug Problems, 44, (3), pp. 163-175. DOI: 10.1177/0091450917723350 [RJ1300] View web page

Dilkes-Frayne, E., Fraser, S., Pienaar, K. and Kokanovic, R. (2017). Iterating 'addiction': Residential relocation and the spatio-temporal production of alcohol and other drug consumption patterns. International Journal of Drug Policy, 44, pp. 164-173. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2017.05.024 [RJ1346] View web page

Dwyer, R. and Fraser, S. (2017). Celebrity enactments of addiction on Twitter. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies. DOI: 10.1177/1354856517714168 [RJ1350] View web page

Dwyer, R. and Fraser, S. (2017). Engendering drug problems: Materialising gender in the DUDIT and other screening and diagnostic 'apparatuses'. International Journal of Drug Policy, 44, pp. 135-144. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2017.05.049 [RJ1345] View web page

Fraser, S. (2017). The future of ‘addiction’: Critique and composition. International Journal of Drug Policy, 44, pp. 130-134. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2017.05.034 [RJ1330] View web page

Fraser, S., Pienaar, K., Dilkes-Frayne, E., Moore, D., Kokanovic, R., Treloar, C. and Dunlop, A. (2017). Addiction stigma and the biopolitics of liberal modernity: A qualitative analysis. International Journal of Drug Policy, 44, pp. 192-201. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2017.02.005 [RJ1285] View web page

Matthews, S., Dwyer, R. and Snoek, A. (2017). Stigma and self-stigma in addiction. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 14, (2), pp. 275-286. DOI: 10.1007/s11673-017-9784-y [RJ1096] View web page

Moore, D., Pienaar, K., Dilkes-Frayne, E. and Fraser, S. (2017). Challenging the addiction/health binary with assemblage thinking: An analysis of consumer accounts. International Journal of Drug Policy, 44, pp. 155-163. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2017.01.013 [RJ1284] View web page

Pienaar, K. and Dilkes-Frayne, E. (2017). Telling different stories, making new realities: The ontological politics of 'addiction' biographies. International Journal of Drug Policy, 44, pp. 145-154. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2017.05.011 [RJ1299] View web page

Pienaar, K., Dilkes-Frayne, E., Fraser, S., Kokanovic, R., Moore, D., Treloar, C. and Dunlop, A. (2017). Experiences of alcohol and other drug addiction, dependence or habit in Australia: Findings and recommendations from a national qualitative study. National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. ISBN: 978-0-9942806-4-0 [R306] Download PDF

Pienaar, K., Moore, D., Fraser, S., Kokanovic, R., Treloar, C. and Dilkes-Frayne, E. (2017). Diffracting addicting binaries: An analysis of personal accounts of alcohol and other drug 'addiction'. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine, 21, (5), pp. 519-537. DOI: 10.1177/1363459316674062 [RJ1167] View web page

Rance, J., Treloar, C., Fraser, S., Bryant, J. and Rhodes, T. (2017). 'Don't think I'm going to leave you over it': Accounts of changing hepatitis C status among couples who inject drugs. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 173, pp. 78-84. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2016.12.020 [RJ1290] View web page

Rhodes, T., Rance, J., Fraser, S. and Treloar, C. (2017). The intimate relationship as a site of social protection: Partnerships between people who inject drugs. Social Science and Medicine, 180, pp. 125-134. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.03.012 [RJ1317] View web page

Seear, K. and Fraser, S. (2017). Euthanasia for what? Attending to the role of stigma in addiction-related 'intractable suffering' and 'incurability' (Commentary). Addiction. DOI: 10.1111/add.14105 [RJ1383] View web page

Seear, K. and Fraser, S. (2017). When it comes to redress for child sexual abuse, all victims should be equal. Published 1/11/17. The Conversation. [UJ214]

Treloar, C., Pienaar, K., Dilkes-Frayne, E. and Fraser, S. (2017). Lives of Substance: A mixed-method evaluation of a public information website on addiction experiences. Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy. pp. 1-8. DOI: 10.1080/09687637.2017.1397602 [RJ1370] View web page

Dwyer, R. and Fraser, S. (2016). Addicting via hashtags: How is Twitter making addiction? Contemporary Drug Problems, 43, (1), pp. 79-97. DOI: 10.1177/0091450916637468 [RJ1177] View web page

Dwyer, R. and Fraser, S. (2016). Making addictions in standardised screening and diagnostic tools. Health Sociology Review, 25, (3), pp. 223–239. DOI: 10.1080/14461242.2016.1184581 [RJ1053] View web page

Fraser, S. (2016). Articulating addiction in alcohol and other drug policy: A multiverse of habits. International Journal of Drug Policy, 31, pp. 6-14. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2015.10.014 [RJ1150] View web page

Fraser, S., Rance, J. and Treloar, C. (2016). Hepatitis C prevention and convenience: Why do people who inject drugs in sexual partnerships 'run out' of sterile equipment? Critical Public Health, 26, (3), pp. 294-306. DOI: 10.1080/09581596.2015.1036839 [RJ1077] View web page

Seear, K. and Fraser, S. (2016). Addiction veridiction: Gendering agency in legal mobilisations of addiction discourse. Griffith Law Review, 25, (1), pp. 13-29. DOI: 10.1080/10383441.2016.1164654 [RJ1198] View web page

Treloar, C., Rance, J., Bryant, J. and Fraser, S. (2016). Harm reduction workers and the challenge of engaging couples who inject drugs in hepatitis C prevention. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 168, pp. 170-175. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2016.09.010 [RJ1257] View web page

Treloar, C., Rance, J., Bryant, J. and Fraser, S. (2016). Understanding decisions made about hepatitis C treatment by couples who inject drugs. Journal of Viral Hepatitis, 23, (2), pp. 89-95. DOI: 10.1111/jvh.12451 [RJ1127] View web page

Dwyer, R. and Fraser, S. (2015). Addiction screening and diagnostic tools: 'Refuting' and 'unmasking' claims to legitimacy. International Journal of Drug Policy, 26, (12), pp. 1189-1197. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2015.08.016 [RJ1085] View web page

Fraser, S. (2015). A thousand contradictory ways: Addiction, neuroscience and expert autobiography. Contemporary Drug Problems, 42, (1), pp. 38-59. DOI: 10.1177/0091450915570308 [RJ1048] View web page

Moore, D., Fraser, S., Törrönen, J. and Eriksson Tinghög, M. (2015). Sameness and difference: Metaphor and politics in the constitution of addiction, social exclusion and gender in Australian and Swedish drug policy. International Journal of Drug Policy, 26, (4), pp. 420-428. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2015.01.011 [RJ1010] View web page

Pienaar, K., Fraser, S., Kokanovic, R., Moore, D., Treloar, C. and Dunlop, A. (2015). New narratives, new selves: Complicating addiction in online alcohol and other drug resources. Addiction Research & Theory, 23, (6), pp. 499-509. DOI: 10.3109/16066359.2015.1040002 [RJ1067] View web page

Seear, K. (2014). Book review of 'Habitus and drug using environments'. Drug and Alcohol Review, 33, (6), pp. 575-682. John Wiley & Sons, West Sussex. DOI: 10.1111/dar.12178 [UP33] View web page

Seear, K. (2014). What do we really know about doping 'effects'? An argument for doping effects as co-constituted 'phenomena'. Performance Enhancement and Health, 2, (4), pp. 201-209. DOI: 10.1016/j.peh.2014.04.002 [RJ944] View web page

Seear, K. and Fraser, S. (2014). Beyond criminal law: The multiple constitution of addiction in Australian legislation. Addiction Research & Theory. DOI: 10.3109/16066359.2014.910511 [RJ941] View web page

Seear, K. and Fraser, S. (2014). The addict as victim: Producing the 'problem' of addiction in Australian victims of crime compensation. International Journal of Drug Policy, 25, (5), pp. 826–835. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2014.02.016 [RJ943] View web page

Seear, K. (2013). Cory Monteith, addiction and the search for better endings. The Conversation. [UJ194]

Seear, K. (2013). Review Essay: Beyond the boundary: Drugs, the body and sport. Contemporary Drug Problems, 40, (2), pp. 215. [RJ912] View web page

Farrugia, A., C., Fraser, S., Dwyer, R., Fomiatti, R., Neale, J., Dietze, P. and Strang, J. Take-home naloxone and the politics of care. Sociology of health and illness. [In Press] [RJ1427]