Et Euforiserende Paradoks: En genealogisk analyse af statens narkotikapolitiske diskurs og de dilemmaer den fører til

Torkil Ejdesgaard

Student thesis: Master thesis


Most people in the Danish society would agree that the issue of narcotics is present and that it is a big problem for society. As a democratic society it is the politicians job to legislate which in turn affects the narcotics issue one way or the other. This dissertation will however try to answer the following question: how have the states narcotics policies developed and what dilemmas occur due to this? On 1st October 2012 the first injectionroom opend in Copenhagen. The ministry of Health and Prevention, Copenhagen City Council, Mændenes Hjem and volunteers tried to establish a centre were drugaddicts had the possibility to consume their drugs under supervision and safe and clean environment but where they also could get counseling, guidence and treatment. At the centre there are several health professionals including social workers and administration. The interesting thing about the establishment of the centre is that it looks like a paradox. The main point about the paradox is that the injectionroom is in constant movement between the legal and the illegal. The Folketing has adopted a policy which allowes a user to consume an illegal drug at a centre which is funded by public funds. Which means that the illegal has moved into the “legal” area. Procedure and concepts create a regime of truth which suddenly is not in accordance with narcotics law. The interesting question is therefore: how has to paradox come to pas? In order to answer this question I will examine the development of narcotics policy. The analytical procedure will be influenced by Michel Foucault’s genealogical analytical strategy. By using this principle the dissertation will be able to discover the origin of the paradox and the historical course it has been through. The geneaology will be a base for a discourse analysis, also influence by Foucault and the by searching for “discursive breaks” it will be possible to observe tangible and relevant evidence for discursive breaks in the history of narcotics in the Danish society. Therefore the empirical evidence will be chose by the author in order not to use irrelevant information. The empirical evidence chosen will consist of parliamentary reports, announcements and public opinions from politicans and those who have been ascribed as experts.

EducationsMSocSc in Political Communication and Managment, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2013
Number of pages90