Tuesday, December 8, 2009
The Drug War
For my final paper, I plan to take on the Drug War. I plan to use Tsing's Friction, specifically the chapter "The Economy of Appearances" and Lee and LiPuma's "Cultures of Circulation." The question: How can we use these theories of performativity to illuminate the great harm the drug war causes? My thesis: The war on drugs is a great specter. In the face of countless statistics which say it is a failure, it continues. This war illustrates the extensiveness of the American police state both at home and abroad.