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Drug Use as a Social Threat in Post-Maidan Ukraine

Jennifer Carroll in her work demonstrates how Ukrainian institutional management of drug usage and users as a distinct category articulates with concepts of sovereignty, citizenship and the imagined boundaries of both state and society. Through two political performances, the Internet Party of Ukraine and the lengthy correspondence between the Ukrainian Ministry of Health and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine, Carroll demonstrates how both political performances construct “The State” in its ideal form, within which discourses on drug users reinforce the very concepts of sovereignty and citizenship.

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