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Hooked

Drug War Films in Britain, Canada, and the U.S.

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Hooked by Susan C Boyd
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Drug prohibition laws began to emerge in the United States, Canada, and Britain during the same era that saw the discovery of film. In Hooked, Susan C. Boyd explores over a century of American, British, and Canadian films containing fictional representations of drug use, the drug trade, and the war on drugs. She examines not only popular, mainstream films but also counterculture, alternative, and 'stoner' movies, including Harold and Kumar go to White Castle, and Trailer Park Boys: The Movie. On-screen depictions of drug use and trafficking are powerful indicators of evolving socio-cultural attitudes towards illegal drugs. Using films such as Broken Blossoms, The Trip, Superfly, Traffic, and Trainspotting, Boyd explores how illegal drugs are linked to discourses of the Other, nation building, and law and order. Her discussion takes into account issues of race, class, and gender, and includes an important analysis of representations of women. A fascinating and groundbreaking study, Hooked uncovers the links between cinema and the cultural production of myths and stereotypes related to illegal drugs.

Author Biography

Susan C. Boyd is a professor in Studies in Policy and Practice at the University of Victoria.
Release date Australia
September 19th, 2009
Author
Country of Publication
Canada
Illustrations
9 tables
Imprint
University of Toronto Press
Pages
256
Dimensions
152x229x16
ISBN-13
9781442610170
Product ID
4269898

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