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About Jarrett Zigon

Jarrett Zigon is Porterfield Chair in Bioethics and a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Virginia. He is the author of A War on People: Drug User Politics and a New Ethics of Community.

Articles by Jarrett Zigon

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Opioid crisis: community and care, not law and order, is the answer

Any response to the crisis must address the underlying conditions of drug addiction.

Rethinking the possible

Everywhere you go, people of the world are fed up with states and the class of accountants and crooked despots that manage them. Jarrett Zigon believes that such consensus has afforded a unique historical opportunity for change. We must now begin to develop alternatives to the modern nation-state, the contemporary global economic order, and the current assumptions of “moral” behaviour

Russia’s heroin epidemic: why the government is ducking the issue

Drug addiction in Russia has reached epidemic proportions, but the government is refusing to address the problem head on, preferring instead to inveigh against external forces like the USA, NATO and the war in Afghanistan. Jarrett Zigon, who works with drug addicts in St Petersburg, considers the current problems and their implications for the future.

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