Journal article

Club studies: methodological perspectives for researching drug use in a central youth social space

Jakob Demant, Signe Ravn, Sidsel Kirstine Thorsen

Leisure Studies | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2010


Club studies are sociological investigations of youth drug use in the social context of the club. By being present at the club, the researcher tries to gain access to a somehow hidden population of drug users who only to a lesser extent - or not at all - perceive their drug use as problematic. This is the large group of people who primarily consider their drug use as a leisure activity, and thus as a means for deriving pleasure. In spite of impressive club studies conducted in both Great Britain and the USA, it seems that, broadly speaking, previous efforts can be characterised as either very broad and/or quantitative or very particular, subcultural and exclusively qualitative. Through a met..

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