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Interamerican Journal of Psychology

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FLORES PEREZ, Edith  e  REIDL MARTINEZ, Lucy María. Bodily experience and drug abuse: a case study of the subjective experience of the body. Interam. j. psychol. [online]. 2007, vol.41, n.2, pp. 241-250. ISSN 0034-9690.

This case study explores the subjective experiences of the body as a narration that gives meaning to reality as a result of drug abuse. It uses the open interview technique based on the method of autobiographic narrative. During the interview the participant was asked to "Speak about himself and tell of his experience with consumption of illegal drugs." This analytic strategy is based on some elements proposed by Barthes (1990) for the structural analysis of narratives. The results show that in the process of these narrations subjectivity emerges, that articulates the individual's own existence through experiences of having been and of being a body. From this corporal perspective, the process of drug use generates a relationship of power with one's own body, whereby the subjective experience is woven into a network of social controls and norms. Analytic study of the body as a subjective experience helps understand drug abuse.

Palavras-chave : Bodily experience; Subjective experience; Narrative analysis; Drug abuse.

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