Stigma is powerful: it can do untold harm to a person and place with longstanding effects (Ahern, 2006, Baumberg Geiger, 2016, Chang, 2016, Hatzenbuehler, 2013, Pemberton, 2016, Room, 2005, Scambler, 2018). Stigma can regulate and reproduce what, and who, is and is not valued in any given time or space, and it can be weaponised to justify vast, pernicious and entrenched inequalities (McKenzie, 2012, Devine, 2005). In this chapter, we introduce our edited collection which unpicks why it is that stigmatisation happens to people who use drugs (PWUD). Having power to name, shame and blame through stigma produces advantages for individuals and organisations who wish to retain and protect their accrued privileges and capital (economic, social, cultural) as symbolic and legitimate. We discuss how stigma operates as a powerful way to ‘police’ and regulate often the most marginalised and vulnerable in society.
|Title of host publication||Drugs Identity and Stigma|
|Editors||michelle addison , william Mcgovern, ruth Mcgovern|
|Place of Publication||switzerland|
|ISBN (Print)||9783030982850, 9783030982881|
|Publication status||Published - 14 Jul 2022|