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Mark Jayne, Gill Valentine & Sarah L. Holloway

In: The SAGE Handbook of Drug and Alcohol Studies

Chapter 20: Consumption and Context

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Consumption and Context
Consumption and context
Mark JayneGill ValentineSarah L. Holloway

Research focused on consumption and context has been an important theoretical and empirical driver of drug and alcohol research across the social sciences.1 In this chapter we begin with a review of studies that have focused on drug and alcohol consumption with reference to contexts such as supranational, national and regional scales. The chapter then considers foundational characteristic of research that considers class, gender, age, ethnicity and so on with reference to spaces and places around the world. In reviewing these bodies of literature, we argue that despite generating rich and detailed findings with regards to consumption researchers have tended to under-theorise context.

In doing so, we advance arguments outlined in Chapter 8 in order to ...

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