Education machine, a preventing machine: the western school model and the emergence of drug prevention in education

The text addresses aspects of how drug prevention has become an educational issue. The aim is to understand how the schooling model has worked as a means for drug prevention to emerge in the school times and spaces as a technology targeted to govern the population and manage social risks, while drug use was increasing and this phenomenon was conceived as a "social problem". As we see it, including drug prevention as a school subject is part of the deepening of a political rationality towards social risk management. Therefore we examined the annals of a 1970's event which proposed several measures to prevent drugs, including the school approach to this issue. We analyzed the operative statements in this document, and concluded that there is a historic process of guiding education for political purposes of social control.

Education; Preventing drug use; School model; Governmentality


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