Grant TypeDissertation Fieldwork Grant
Institutional AffiliationCalifornia, Berkeley, U. of
Grant numberGr. 9482
Approve DateApril 25, 2017
Project TitleWaterman, Maxfield A., U. of California, Berkeley, CA - To aid research on 'The Therapeutic Void: Addiction, Substitution, and the Timescapes of Precarity,' supervised by Dr. Lawrence Cohen
Preliminary abstract: This project investigates publicly funded therapeutic interventions into illicit drug use in the United Kingdom. Using ethnographic methods to observe the therapeutic process that drug users receiving opioid substitute medications undergo in the broader context of community substance misuse services, I ask how this form of governmental care apprehends clients as precarious subjects – that is, as subjects defined by their openness to contingency – and how the process of treatment itself emerges as a precarious temporality encompassing clients, workers, and care-giving institutions.