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Fact, fiction, and function: mythmaking and the social construction of ecstasy use.

Creator:

Karen McElrath, Kieran McEvoy

Type: Report
Region: Republic of Ireland
Northern Ireland
Description:

Myths and folklore about drugs represent important aspects of users subcultures. This paper explores Ecstasy users' perceptions about drug folklore as it relates to the social relationships of drug user lifestyles. The data for the study were collected through in-depth interviews with 50 current or former Ecstasy users in Northern Ireland. The findings indicate that although some Ecstasy users perceive the folklore to be an accurate reflection of reality others report that social relatiojns among users change with continued usage, occur within selected venues, or are influenced by greater cultural relations that characterise mainstream society.

Date:

01/01/2001

Rights: Public
Suggested citation:

Karen McElrath, Kieran McEvoy. (2001) Fact, fiction, and function: mythmaking and the social construction of ecstasy use. [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/66629 [Accessed: 15th September 2019].

  

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