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.
Chapter 20: Consumption and Context
Consumption and Context
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 ...