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In: The SAGE Handbook of Drug and Alcohol Studies

Chapter 19: Identity, Friendship and Sociality

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Identity, Friendship and Sociality
Identity, friendship and sociality
Thomas Thurnell-Read

This chapter explores how drug and alcohol consumption relates to identity, friendship and sociality and starts with the observation that the conditions under which drugs and alcohol are consumed are inescapably socially defined. Even solitary consumption takes place in the context of societal expectations that often construct normative boundaries separating acceptable from unacceptable styles and settings of use. Indeed, a particularly fruitful strand of work in the social sciences has been to foreground the social context of intoxication and drunkenness as being integral to understanding the motivations, subjective experiences and identities of users (Jayne et al., 2006; Hunt et al., 2010). While this growing body of research does not seek to undermine valued explanations of pathology, ...

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