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Could Life Be… Producing Subjectivity in Participation

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In May 2013, a video was posted on the website of the Copenhagen facility for young drug users, U-turn, under the heading 'Narratives by Youths'. It is titled 'Could life be'. This video, and the reasons for making and showing it, is one of the things one analyzes as instances of 'User-Driven Standards in Social Work' as part of research on 'SUBSTANCE - Subjects and Standards'. Part of author's analysis of the video focuses on discourse and power, the framing of collectives and subjectification of their participants. The video does not simply provide an example of contemporary 'pastoral', neo-liberal counseling. Certainly, a range of approaches do exist that aim to develop clients' motivation for self-care in drug counseling, by focusing on solutions rather than problems, and by emphasizing the client's autonomy while at the same time assuming social adaptation as common sense.

Keywords: Copenhagen facility; drug counseling; drug users; social adaptation



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