Youth, Drugs, and Nightlife

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From marijuana and jazz, to amphetamines and punk, drugs and popular music have been inextricably tied together. Today the music is electronic and ecstasy and party drugs are the drugs of choice. In Ecstasy and Raves, Hunt, an anthropologist, and Evans, a sociologist, explore the attraction of the scene and the drugs to young people today. Using information from over 300 in-depth interviews with ravers, DJ's and promoters, the authors examine the social and ethnic background of the ravers and clubbers, their initial involvement with the scene, their experiences of the drugs and their changing tastes in music. They show how the scene is made up of many different social groupings based not just on social class, gender or ethnicity, but also length of time in the scene, choice of drugs, styles of dancing and types of music. Hunt and Evans discover that although ravers share many commonalities they are not identical and do not speak with a single voice. Through them, we learn of candy ravers, jaded ravers, newbies, old school ravers, veterans, house heads and trance heads. In contrast to the often stereotypical views of about young drug users as naive and poorly informed, the authors explore the sources of information used by ravers, the precautions they take both prior and after using and the controls they impose on each others' use. We learn about their frustrations with recent legislation controlling raves and clubs, their anger at the increasing commercialization of the scene, and their general skepticism about official pronouncements on the dangers of ecstasy and other drugs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415374712
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/20/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Geoffrey Hunt is a social and cultural anthropologist, who has had nearly thirty years' experience in planning, conducting, and managing research in the field of youth studies, and drug and alcohol research. He is a senior research scientist at the US Institute for Scientific Analysis and the Principal Investigator on three US National Institute of Health projects. He has published extensively on substance abuse, especially alcohol and drug use and evaluating community prevention and intervention programs.

Molly Moloney is a senior research associate at the Institute for Scientific Analysis. Trained as a cultural sociologist, her research focuses on gender, ethnicity, and identity within street gangs and within club-drug scenes. She has published on fatherhood among gang members, on regulating the nighttime economy in San Francisco, on club-drug use among Asian American youth, on gender theory, on global television and television critics.

Kristin Evans has a degree in sociology and psychology from the University of California at Berkeley. As a research associate at the Institute for Scientific Analysis in San Francisco she was project manager of two NIH-funded projects, on "Club Drugs and the Dance Scene" and "Asian American Youth, Drugs and the Dance Scene." Previously she worked on street gang projects. She has published a number of articles with Geoffrey Hunt on gang girls and drug use, and on drugs and the dance scene.

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Theory and Methods for Studying Youth 1. Epidemiology Meets Cultural Studies: Studying and Understanding Youth Cultures, Clubs, and Drugs 2. Clubbers, Candy Kids and Jaded Ravers: Introducing the Scene, the Participants, and the Drugs Part 2: The Global the National and the Local 3. Clubbing, Drugs, and the Dance Scene in a Global Perspective 4. Youth, US Drug Policy, and Social Control of the Dance Scene 5. Uncovering the Local: San Francisco’s Nighttime Economy Part 3: Drug Pleasures, Risks and Combinations 6. "The Great Unmentionable": Exploring the Pleasures and Benefits of Ecstasy 7. Drug Use and the Meaning of Risk 8. Combining Different Substances in the Dance Scene: Enhancing Pleasure, Managing Risk, and Timing Effects Part 4: Gender, Social Context, and Ethnicity 9. Drugs, Gender, Sexuality, and Accountability in the World of Raves 10. Alcohol, Gender, and Social Context 11. Asian American Youth: Consumption, Identity, and Drugs in the Dance Scene

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