With contributions from leading international academics across the social sciences, this accessible takes a critical look at the key contemporary issues and debates in the field. The 39 chapters are divided into three parts: Part I Central Social Science Theories Drug and Alcohol Studies Part II Pillars in Social Science Drug and Alcohol Studies Part III Controversies and New Approaches in Social Science Drug and Alcohol Studies This Handbook is an excellent reference text for the growing number of academics, students, scientists and practitioners in the drug and alcohol studies community.

Identity, Friendship and Sociality

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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