Interdisciplinary Lunchtime Seminar

Becoming Patients of the State? Addiction Treatment in China’s People’s War on Drugs

2019-09-10 12:00:002019-09-10 13:00:00Asia/Hong_KongBecoming Patients of the State? Addiction Treatment in China’s People’s War on Drugs

Interdisciplinary Lunchtime Seminar
Becoming Patients of the State? Addiction Treatment in China’s People’s War on Drugs

Dr. Zhang Chaoxiong
(Post-doctoral Fellow, Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Hong Kong)

Date: September 10, 2019 (Tuesday)
Time: 12:00 – 13:00
Venue: Room 201, 2/F, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong
Enquiry: (852) 3917-5772, ihss@hku.hk

    2019-09-10 12:00:002019-09-10 13:00:00Asia/Hong_KongBecoming Patients of the State? Addiction Treatment in China’s People’s War on Drugs

    Interdisciplinary Lunchtime Seminar
    Becoming Patients of the State? Addiction Treatment in China’s People’s War on Drugs

    Dr. Zhang Chaoxiong
    (Post-doctoral Fellow, Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Hong Kong)

    Date: September 10, 2019 (Tuesday)
    Time: 12:00 – 13:00
    Venue: Room 201, 2/F, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong
    Enquiry: (852) 3917-5772, ihss@hku.hk

      Overview

      Title:

      Becoming Patients of the State? Addiction Treatment in China’s People’s War on Drugs

      Speaker:

      Dr. Zhang Chaoxiong (Postdoctoral Fellow, Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Hong Kong)

      Date:

      September 10, 2019

      Time:

      12:00 nn – 1:00 pm

      Venue:

      Room 201, 2/F, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong (Map)

      Language:

      English

      Enquiry:

      (Tel) (852) 3917-5772
      (Email) ihss@hku.hk

      Abstract

      China’s drug control arena is undergoing an ambivalent governance shift from the (quasi) criminalization of drug use to the medicalization of addiction as a chronic brain disease. However, the recasting of drug use as a medical condition worthy of “human-centered” care is challenging given the deeply rooted zero-tolerance sentiment toward drug-related issues in China. Based on sixteen months of ethnographic fieldwork conducted at state-run methadone maintenance treatment facilities in Yunnan province from 2013 to 2019, this study investigates how drug users responded to the uneasy medicalization process during their everyday encounters with the Chinese state and state agents. Although the treatment program provided participants with a medically and politically legitimate status as patients, drug users employed dramatically different frameworks to re-interpret this state-assigned identity in order to claim a kind of moral legitimacy. This paper also argues that such a claim was achieved through drug users’ efforts in inventing a “moralist” relationship with the Chinese state and the broader society.

      About the Speaker

      Dr. Zhang Chaoxiong is a cultural anthropologist in the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Hong Kong. She holds a Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. Her research focuses on addiction studies, public health intervention and governance, and anthropology of moralities. She is also interested in studies of ethnic minority groups and development studies. She is writing a book manuscript on the moral experiences and addiction treatment trajectories of Chinese drug users.

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