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Veritable inventions: cities, policies and assemblage

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The purpose of this paper is to explore the notion of assemblage and how I have deployed it in my work on urban policy mobilities and harm-reduction drug policy. My research entails the detailed tracing of flows of policy knowledge among cities around the world. In detailing and conceptualising these circulations, I am interested in how they are actively and purposively assembled and negotiated in place in productive ways. The paper uses the case of harm reduction – a public health approach to the governance of illicit drug use – as a frame within which to discuss the benefits of assemblage in the study of urban policy-making, urban politics and global–urban connections.

Keywords: assemblage; drug policy; harm reduction; policy mobilities; urban policy

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Geography, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada V5A 1S6, Email:

Publication date: 2011-06-01

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