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Punish and Cure: Forced Detox Camps, Reeducation through Labour and the Contradictions of China’s War on Drugs

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Original languageEnglish
JournalMade in China: A Quarterly on Chinese Labour, Civil Society, and Rights
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019


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By drawing on the life histories of 20 former and current heroin and methadone users in Yunnan Province, this essay explores the history, the logic, and the functioning of China’s anti-drugs camps. It shows how the tight intertwining of public health and public security models to fight against drug use has given rise to a contradictory policy landscape, whereby medical support always coincides with physical violence, social exclusion, and continuous surveillance of the bodies and the movements of Chinese addicts.

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