Questions to case material October 5th


If we accept that an information infrastructure is not about mapping an existing territory but about making map and territory converge - what does the EuroADAD do to social work with young drugs misusers, in terms of




In all 3 dimensions, can you think of negatives as well as positives (what is made invisible, incomparable, uncontrolled)?

And can you point to both pros and cons?

And for each of the levels in the “pyramid” in the information folder p.2?


Can the advantages of a standardised interview like the EuroaADAD outweigh the disadvantages?


Have you any idea of the EuroADAD as a kind of

    Clearance - erecting a barrier to past forms of knowledge? What do you think it replaces?

    Erasure - making sure that certain informations are routinely forgotten?

Or are Bowker and Star’s concepts of “clearance” and “erasure” (p. 257) not really relevant to the EuroADAD?

Goffman (1990) links stigmatization to the everyday work of categorizing. Is the EuroADAD perhaps working to stigmatize young people as “problem youth” and drugusers with more or less "severity" of problems - rendering other dimensions of their lives (as persons, as youngsters etc.) invisible, such as their resources, strengths? Would some kind of clearance perhaps be a better strategy towards their pasts?