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MAX, Raul  and  DANZIATO, Leonardo. Drugs, biopolitics and subjectivity: interface between psychoanalysis and genealogy. Rev. Subj. [online]. 2015, vol.15, n.3, pp. 417-427. ISSN 2359-0769.

In ancient times, the consumption of drugs consisted of a cultural practice marked by dietary preaching. However, in modern times, drugs have become objects of mercantile capitalism and its production was innovated and expanded from the scientific and technical operations in the nineteenth century. In the twentieth century, the biopolitical control over the psychoactive led to the medicalization and criminalization of its consumption. This article aims to analyze the subjective effects of biopolitics drugs. We seek an approximation of the Lacanian theory of discourse to Foucault's genealogy. We found that the subjective production of the drug addict was contemporary to the production of homo economicus, representing its reverse. The "drug addict" category constitutes the border between medicine and law, legitimizing police and hygienist's interventions from the Exception State. We conclude that the capitalization and techno-scientific production of drugs and their bio-political agency are due to the own enjoyment device of post modernity.

Keywords : biopolitics; addiction; subjectivity; psychoanalysis; speech.

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