Burke on drugs

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This essay contributes to the growing body of historical research on Kenneth Burke by considering his work as a drug researcher for the Bureau of Social Hygiene in the late 1920s and early 1930s. The research he conducted under the watch of his conservative boss, Colonel Arthur Woods, reveals a resistant worker who effectively became hooked on the question of bodies and habits even as he at times explicitly rejected the aims and methods of his boss. Burke’s rearticulations of efficiency and piety help show how the Bureau offered new vantages on the body, effectively broadening his critical compass.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-28
Number of pages24
JournalRhetoric Society Quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Linguistics and Language


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