Hooked: Drug War Films in Britain, Canada, and the U.S.

Hooked: Drug War Films in Britain, Canada, and the U.S.

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Susan C. Boyd

University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2009
World Rights
256 Pages
ISBN 9781442610170
Published Sep 2009
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 $30.95    $23.21

Drug prohibition laws began to emerge in the United States, Canada, and Britain during the same era that saw the discovery of film. In Hooked, Susan C. Boyd explores over a century of American, British, and Canadian films containing fictional representations of drug use, the drug trade, and the war on drugs. She examines not only popular, mainstream films but also counterculture, alternative, and 'stoner' movies, including Harold and Kumar go to White Castle, and Trailer Park Boys: The Movie.

On-screen depictions of drug use and trafficking are powerful indicators of evolving socio-cultural attitudes towards illegal drugs. Using films such as Broken Blossoms, The Trip, Superfly, Traffic, and Trainspotting, Boyd explores how illegal drugs are linked to discourses of the Other, nation building, and law and order. Her discussion takes into account issues of race, class, and gender, and includes an important analysis of representations of women. A fascinating and groundbreaking study, Hooked uncovers the links between cinema and the cultural production of myths and stereotypes related to illegal drugs.

Susan C. Boyd is a professor in the Faculty of Human and Social Development at the University of Victoria.




List of Film Stillsix
1Moral Regulation, Film Censorship, and Law10
2 Illegal-Drug Users and Addiction Narratives:
The Early Film Years
3 The 60s On: Counterculture, Addiction-as-Disease, and
Mandatory-Treatment Narratives
4Ruptures in Addiction Narratives: Pleasure, Harm Reduction,
Consumer Culture, and Regulation
5Drug Dealers: A Nation Under Siege112
6Vilified Women and Maternal Myths146
7Challenges to the Drug War: 1980 to 2006178

'Fear of drugs has been carefully cultivated in myth and propaganda for over a century. The construction and manipulation of that fear is why punitive prohibition persists despite its savage failures. Susan Boyd's important new book shows how film has played a starring role in this drug drama. Her insightful analysis of so many classic movies is so well written and entertaining you hardly notice that it is a work of deep scholarship, about drug problems themselves as well as their cinematic representations.'

Craig Reinarman, Department of Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz and author of Crack In America

'In Hooked, Susan Boyd provides a useful and substantive contribution both to the literature on drug representations and to a larger body of developing cultural, feminist and critical criminology ... Boyd insists that the negative mythologies of drug use persist across the US, Britain, and Canada, with Hollywood productions the most deeply bound up with war-on-drugs/law and order drug war ideologies ... Ultimately, Boyd makes a critical contribution that marks how positive and alternative images of drug use and altered states of consciousness are difficult to find.'

Michelle Brown, Canadian Journal of Sociology