Drug consumption in London: a city of diverse and changing scenes

Ward, Jennifer and Thom, Betsy (2009) Drug consumption in London: a city of diverse and changing scenes. In: Two worlds of drug consumption in late modern societies. Eisenbach-Stangl, Irmgard, Moskalewicz, Jacek and Thom, Betsy, eds. Ashgate Publishing, England, pp. 39-56. ISBN 9780754677758

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[Summary of the book containing this chapter:] Two Worlds of Drug Consumption in Late Modern Societies reports the findings of an empirical study of drug users in London, Amsterdam, Turin, Prague, Vienna and Warsaw, European cities representative of a wide range of drug problems and public policies. The innovative study reconceives the standard distinctions between 'hard-core' and 'recreational' drug users in terms of their social position. The authors argue that this is closely related to consumption patterns rather than drug choice, and reveals that two relatively homogenous drug worlds exist within each of the study sites. This leads to the development of diverging drug markets; a friendly market for the integrated consumer, and a highly commercialized one for the marginalized customer, where low quality goods are sold at a higher price. These findings have significant implications for academics and professionals working in health, psychology and urban studies.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning
A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
Item ID: 9650
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Depositing User: Dr. JR Ward
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2012 15:28
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2019 17:02
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/9650

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