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Recovery spaces and therapeutic jurisprudence: a case study of the family treatment drug courts

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In recent years families entangled with drug addiction and drug use have become subjected to a myriad of judicial and medical interventionist strategies designed to remake the family into a more socially productive and self-regulated ‘healthy’ body. Working through feminist and post-structural understandings of law and different body–space relations of family treatment and recovery, in this paper we empirically investigate the nature and workings of therapeutic jurisprudence in drug treatment and child welfare management programs based in San Diego, California, and involved in the family treatment drug court (FTDC) system. What is at the forefront in this paper are different critical geographical conceptualizations of the double articulating productive and inhibiting forces inherent to the workings of FTDCs. Through the presentation of two family narratives of different familial, corporeal, spatial, and institutional encounters, movements, and transformations, we argue for alternative, attentive, and empowering understandings of family recovery.

Keywords: body; cuerpo; espacio; family treatment drug courts; law; ley; recovery; recuperaciĆ³n; space; tribunales del tratamiento de drogas en familia

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Geography and Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of Youth and Space,San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile DriveCA,92183, USA

Publication date: 2012-03-01

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