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Drugs and masculinity

Sveinung Sandberg and Willy Pedersen

in Street capital

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9781847421203
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303602 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847421203.003.0005
Drugs and masculinity

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This chapter discusses the different kinds of drugs and their effects on the users. It notes that most of the young men at The River grew up in Norway and started smoking cannabis with their peers in their early teens. The chapter further notes that the initiation into cannabis use was a rite of passage; it signified the end of childhood. It observes that the most important norm regulating the use of drugs was to maintain control: not to be seen as ‘dependent’ or as using too much. The chapter mentions a study by Bucerius, (2007) of a group of street drug dealers in Frankfurt – young minority ethnic men with Islamic backgrounds who were quite similar to the dealers in this study. It notes that many of The River dealers with a strong Muslim identity were ambivalent about drink and alcohol.

Keywords: cannabis; control; dependent; Frankfurt; Islamic backgrounds; The River dealers; Muslim identity; alcohol

Chapter.  9735 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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