Project G06: Drugs, power, and marginalization – Cultural reflections of dependence in the U.S.


Project G06 studies multiple threats in American race relations from the early 19th century to the present day. The ambivalence of drugs – ambivalent in their entanglement with the racial problematic, and in the way they both sustain and destroy order – conditions the differential functionalization of their (culturally constructed) threat potential. The goal is threefold: to analyze threatened power orders that elicit conflicting threat scenarios and diagnoses; to clarify the understandings underpinning such orders; and to shed light on multimedia-reflected re-ordering strategies.