Moving Beyond the War on Drugs: Race, Space, and Power

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Urban Geography Specialty Group, Political Geography Specialty Group, Socialist and Critical Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Jackson, Marriott, 5th Floor
Organizers: Jurgen Von Mahs
Chairs: Jurgen Von Mahs


It is estimated that in the United States alone over half of all residents 12 years and older have consumed illicit drugs at some point in their lives, that some 24 million suffer from active addiction, and that nearly 100.000 people die each year as a direct result of alcohol or drug abuse. We know that the (ab)use of such mind altering substances does not discriminate by race, gender, or age. Yet the public response - through the war on drugs - has largely targeted ethnic and racialized minorities living in urban areas and, in the United States, a disproportionate numbers of African American and Hispanic males end up in the criminal justice and prison system. The proposed paper session examines the causes and consequences of current approaches in the U.S. and abroad by looking at the social, economic, and political dimensions of urban drug use and public policy responses alongside solutions to overcome the institutional racism that undergirds current policy.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Dirk Kinsey*, Temple University, Drugs, Crime and Community Supervision: Urban Governance and Carceral Power 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Boris Michel*, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Governing the Narcotic City. Discourses on drugs, migration, tourism and gentrification around the Görlitzer Park in Berlin-Kreuzberg 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Jurgen Von Mahs*, New School University, Re-conceptualizing Power, Race, and Space in the War on Drugs 20 8:40 AM

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