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Managing work, hedonism and 'the borderline' between the legal and illegal markets: Two case studies of recreational heavy drug users

South, N (2004) 'Managing work, hedonism and 'the borderline' between the legal and illegal markets: Two case studies of recreational heavy drug users.' Addiction Research and Theory, 12 (6). 525 - 538. ISSN 1606-6359

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Abstract

In the context of cultural and/or differential 'normalisation' of certain forms of drug use, this article describes two case-studies of heavy recreational drug users. The daily lives of these users blur the line between the legal and the illegal; their drug trading is generally as a consumer and 'friend of a friend' small dealer in the low-level market. In the first case, problems with management of employment, time and financial budgeting are described; in the second case, such management is accomplished. Discussion refers to: differences between the two in relation to resources and vulnerability to risks, and to leisure/pleasure cultures of hedonism. The research agenda should pay more attention to users who seek to maintain a legitimate lifestyle but who develop problems managing work and their drug-related leisure. Understanding the consumer demand and dealing activity of such users is important in trying to develop a fuller understanding of drug markets.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Elena Pupaza
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2015 14:15
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 16:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/10968

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