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The meaning of high. Variations according to drug, set, setting and time.


Marije WoutersJane FountainDirk Korf

Type: Collection
Region: Republic of Ireland
Northern Ireland

One of the major theoretical and empirical challenges in social drug research is to capture and understand the variety of meanings attached to taking drugs and to being intoxicated. The purpose of this book is to further those research efforts. The central theme is the meaning of high and the authors address this from different professional perspectives, using different methods and different samples. The result is a kaleidoscopic picture. No single generic meaning of high emerges, but a whole range of meanings come under scrutiny. All the authors of this volume help to build a better understanding of the meaning of high, but whereas some are mainly interested in fundamental biomedical questions or in contributing to theory development in the social sciences, others want to give a voice to particular groups of drug users. These varying perspectives also echo, some more explicitly than others, differing viewpoints on the relationship between research and policy.



Rights: Public
Suggested citation:

Marije WoutersJane FountainDirk Korf. (2012) The meaning of high. Variations according to drug, set, setting and time. [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 12th November 2019].


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