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ISSN 2301-5829

Vol. 5 / No. 2 / Published : 2016-02

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Original Article :

Society’s ignorance towards addicts’ predicament in j. k. rowling’s the casual vacancy: a dynamic structuralism study

Author :

  1. Fairuz Suda*1
  2. Christinawati*2
  1. Mahasiswa Fakultas Ilmu Budaya
  2. Dosen Fakultas Ilmu Budaya

Abstract :

Regardless of whether or not drug addicts undergo a rehabilitation treatment, they are still often stigmatized in the eyes of society. This instance is particularly shown in J. K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy, where Pagford Parish Council and the society of Pagford condemned a certain group of residents in the Fields for being drug dependent, despite their best effort to recover through a rehabilitation program in Bellchapel Addiction Clinic. This study intends to examine the misconceptions and stigma that later shaped Pagford’s collective consciousness towards drug addicts. In addition, the society of the real-life setting and the background of the author are also taken into account. These different elements shape certain structures, and in analyzing both the literary structure and extra-literary forces of the novel, the writer implements Jan Mukarovsky’s Dynamic Structuralism. The result of the analysis is that as an authoritative group, Pagford Parish Council was capable of shaping the town’s collective consciousness. Thus, by remaining ignorant of the addicts’ predicament, they had embraced a collective consciousness in which they disregarded the collective responsibility of the community to provide for the wellbeing of their individuals. This situation had placed them in a moral decline, seeing that such self-created breakdown in society correspondingly means a breakdown in morality. In support of these findings, the extra-literary forces from both the author’s society and background have also factored as a ground for increasing social awareness of drug addicts’ stigmatization.

Keyword :

collective responsibility, drug addiction, moral decline, rehabilitation, stigma ,

References :

  1. Burns, T. R. and Erik Engdahl, (1998). The Social Construction of Consciousness: Part 1: Collective Consciousness and Its Socio-Cultural Foundations. 5.1 67–85 : Journal of Consciousness Studies
  2. Wowling, J. K., (2012). The Casual Vacancy. - : New York City: Little, Brown and Company
  3. Shiner, Michael, et al, (2004). Exploring Community Responses to Drugs. - : York: York Publishing Services Ltd

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