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Critiques of harm reduction, morality and the promise of human rights

Keane, Helen

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This commentary critically reviews recent criticisms of harm reduction which argue that ideological limitations and a reluctance to express moral commitments are major factors preventing it from developing its full potential. It argues that, rather than a paradigm which is failing to live up to underlying ideals of freedom and human rights, harm reduction is better viewed as an assemblage of practices and goals with varied outcomes. Moreover, its professed value-neutrality can itself be seen as...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorKeane, Helen
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T23:07:14Z
dc.identifier.issn0955-3959
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/86116
dc.description.abstractThis commentary critically reviews recent criticisms of harm reduction which argue that ideological limitations and a reluctance to express moral commitments are major factors preventing it from developing its full potential. It argues that, rather than a paradigm which is failing to live up to underlying ideals of freedom and human rights, harm reduction is better viewed as an assemblage of practices and goals with varied outcomes. Moreover, its professed value-neutrality can itself be seen as a powerful intervention in the moralised arena of drug debate. The commentary also suggests that the discourse of human rights may not be politically efficacious in the arena of drug use and suggests another ethical perspective based on open-ended debate, practices of freedom and a respect for difference.
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.sourceInternational Journal of Drug Policy
dc.subjectKeywords: drug legislation; drug policy; drug surveillance program; drug use; economic aspect; ethics; government; health care policy; health promotion; human; human rights; legal aspect; morality; policy; priority journal; public health; review; wellbeing Drugs policy; Ethics; Harm reduction; Human rights
dc.titleCritiques of harm reduction, morality and the promise of human rights
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.description.refereedYes
local.identifier.citationvolume14
dc.date.issued2003
local.identifier.absfor200299 - Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.absfor169999 - Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.absfor160899 - Sociology not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.ariespublicationMigratedxPub14875
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationKeane, Helen, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue3
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage227
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage232
local.identifier.doi10.1016/S0955-3959(02)00151-2
dc.date.updated2015-12-12T08:08:22Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-0043210590
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