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It exposes the work in progress of the urban studies focus within the broader DRUSEC project. This focus is inscribed in geography, urban sociology and critical cartography.
Drug and alcohol use are often framed as security issues in urban settings – (marginalised) consumers being at the center of fear discourses, repressive, regulative or disciplinary practices. The identification of problem places, hotspots and the localisation of consumption pratices becomes a knowledge issue for institutions and local governements.
With this research, we aim at reversing the perspective on substance users. Substance users are inhabitants of the city and its neighborhoods. They are also subject to fear and objective risks: on the top of medical issues, their everyday safety is at high risk. Their voices, experiences and ideas should be taken into account while discussing urban drug issues, implementing dispositives and planing the city.They should not be solely the objects of urban drug policies but also subjects in a public and political debate.
We are working with methods and concepts from critical cartography and counter-mapping practices involving drug users in French and German cities.
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