Hooked: Drug War Films in Britain, Canada, and the United States

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University of Toronto Press, 2009 - Performing Arts - 250 pages
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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.

 

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Contents

The Pace that Kills
46
Counterculture AddictionasDisease
63
The Panic in Needle Park
76
Pleasure Harm Reduction
93
A Nation Under Siege
112
New Jack City
130
Vilified Women and Maternal Myths
146
CHAPTER 6
147
List of Film Stills
150
1980 to 2006
178
Appendix
209
References
227
Index
241
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Susan C. Boyd is a professor in the Faculty of Human and Social Development at the University of Victoria.

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