Social settings for drug use: from clubbing to house parties
Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research, Copenhagen Division University of Aarhus Copenhagen S, Denmark
The aim of this paper is to understand the settings in which youth recreational drug use takes place, and how these settings facilitate various kinds of drug use among youth. International research has described the nightclub as a central social space for youth recreational drug use. However, provisional analyses from a Danish study suggest that other social arenas might be of equal importance in understanding youth drug use.
The paper draws upon data from a Danish club study conducted during autumn 2008 and winter 2009. In this study, ethnographic observations were carried out at a range of different clubs in Denmark. In addition to this, focus group interviews as well as individual and duo interviews were conducted with drug-experienced youths. The focus groups made use of a moderation technique in which the participants were asked to describe a night out step by step. In the individual interviews, this was combined with an exercise involving drawing a map of the night out. Thus, the empirical material covers various nightlife settings from what could be termed a socionautic perspective as well as from the researcher's own perspective.
Applying a phenomenological approach to this data material, the logic inherent in the different kinds of nightlife settings will be shown. Furthermore, the relation between drug use and setting will be discussed.