Bad Habits: discourses of addiction and the racial politics of intervention

Nicoll, Fiona (2012) Bad Habits: discourses of addiction and the racial politics of intervention. Griffith Law Review, 21 1: 164-189. doi:10.1080/10383441.2012.10854736

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Author Nicoll, Fiona
Title Bad Habits: discourses of addiction and the racial politics of intervention
Journal name Griffith Law Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1038-3441
Publication date 2012-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10383441.2012.10854736
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 21
Issue 1
Start page 164
End page 189
Total pages 26
Place of publication Nathan, QLD, Australia
Publisher Griffith University, Law School
Language eng
Abstract This article considers how racialised discourses of addiction have been mobilised in debates over the lawfulness of the Australian government's Northern Territory Emergency Response Act 2007 (NTERA), or 'Intervention'. After showing how academic support for the Intervention has become linked to questions about the legitimacy of Indigenous Knowledge, it considers whether the treatment of addiction is being posited as lying within or outside of values of justice and institutions of law. To address this question, I revisit Jacques Derrida's essay, 'Force of Law'. His reflections on Walter Benjamin's writing on 'bloodless genocide' are used in conjunction with Aileen Moreton-Robinson's concept of 'patriarchal white sovereignty' and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's essay, 'Epidemics of the Will', to illuminate the racial politics of 'intervention'. The conclusion turns to creative works by Fiona Foley and Romaine Moreton to engage with Indigenous Knowledge about willpower on the ground of Australian race relations - both past and present.
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