Journal article

Contested identities: Identity constructions in a youth recreational drug culture

Signe Ravn

European Journal of Cultural Studies | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2012


This article examines young recreational drug users' identity constructions. Combining a poststructuralist theoretical framework with focus group method, the article investigates how the participants in a focus group interview position themselves and others, thereby negotiating an identity as responsible drug users. The article studies this recreational drug culture and its internal distinctions, conceptions and norms as they are expressed discursively. The analysis identifies six dimensions of the identity as a responsible, recreational drug user: drug practice, general drug knowledge, context-specific drug knowledge, practices for checking drugs, acknowledging one's position in the surroun..

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