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Fact, fiction, and function: mythmaking and the social construction of ecstasy use.

Authors
  • McElrath, K
  • McEvoy, K
Type
Published Article
Journal
Substance Use & Misuse
Publisher
Informa UK Limited
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2001
Volume
36
Issue
1-2
Pages
1–22
Identifiers
PMID: 11305347
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Myths and folklore about drugs represent important aspects of user subcultures. This paper explores Ecstasy users' perceptions about drug folklore as it relates to the social relationships of drug user lifestyles. The data for the study were collected through in-depth interviews with 50 current or former Ecstasy users in Northern Ireland. The findings indicate that although some Ecstasy users perceive the folklore to be an accurate reflection of reality others report that social relations among users change with continued usage, occur within selected venues, or are influenced by greater cultural relations that characterize mainstream society.

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