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The meaning of high - Variations according to drug, set, setting and time

One of the major theoretical and empirical challenges in social drug research is to capture and understand the variety of meanings attached to taking drugs and to being intoxicated. The purpose of this book is to further those research efforts. The central theme is the meaning of high and the authors address this from different professional perspectives, using different methods and different samples. The result is a kaleidoscopic picture. No single generic meaning of high emerges, but a whole range of meanings come under scrutiny.
All the authors of this volume help to build a better understanding of the meaning of high, but whereas some are mainly interested in fundamental biomedical questions or in contributing to theory development in the social sciences, others want to give a voice to particular groups of drug users. These varying perspectives also echo, some more explicitly than others, differing viewpoints on the relationship between research and policy.

Marije Wouters is an assistant Professor at the Bonger Institute of Criminology, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Jane Fountain is a research consultant and an Emeritus Professor at the University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom.
Dirk J Korf is a professor in Criminology and director of the Bonger Institute of Criminology at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.


Dirk J Korf: A kaleidoscope of meanings: An introduction

Alfred Springer: High strategies

Fruszina Iszaj, Bea Ehmann & Zsolt Demetrovics: The effects of psychedelic substances on artistic creation

Antonis Katsouros & Maria Eirini Papadouka: Variations in the discursive construction of drug use

Cameron Adams: Medicine, healing, and psychedelics

Robert Teltzrow & Oliver G Bosch: Ecstatic anaesthesia: ketamine and GHB between medical use and self-experimentation

Tom Decorte: Functional meaning and negative effects of drug use and alcohol use among female sex workers in Belgium
Philip Bean: Street prostitution and drug taking

Paula Mayock & Mary-Louise Corr: The meaning of drug use among homeless young people: a longitudinal pathways analysis

Charlotte N E Tompkins & Nat M J Wright: ‘I wanted a head change’ - motivations and influences on men’s illicit drug using practices in prison

Gary R Potter & Aleksandra Osiniagova: Getting ‘high’ from crime: Psychological aspects to the drug-crime connection

2012, 184 pages, ISBN 978-3-89967-831-4, price: 20,- Euro