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McElrath, Karen and McEvoy, Kieran (2001) Fact, fiction, and function: mythmaking and the social construction of ecstasy use. Substance Use & Misuse , 36 , (1&2) , pp. 1-22.

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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.


Item Type
Article
Publication Type
Irish-related, Open Access, Article
Drug Type
CNS stimulants
Date
2001
Page Range
pp. 1-22
Publisher
Informa healthcare
Volume
36
Number
1&2
EndNote
Accession Number
HRB 1279 (Available)
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