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Title: Aspects of subcultural capital amongst drug users
Authors: Vella, Ann Marie (2009)
Keywords: Drug abusers -- Malta
Group identity -- Malta
Socialization -- Malta
Subculture -- Malta
Issue Date: 2009
Citation: Vella, A.M. (2009). Aspects of subcultural capital amongst drug users (Bachelor's dissertation).
Abstract: Drug use is a meaningful and symbolic behaviour which develops into a distinctive and complex subculture with its own rituals and hierarchies. This study aims at exploring the complexities of this subculture. Based on eight individual, face-to-face and semi-structured interviews with drug users at the Caritas Rehabilitation Centre, this study examines the type and extent of subcultural capital which exists amongst drug users. It is evident, from the data gathered, that drug users do not only distinguish themselves from the rest of society but also from other users in their subculture, mainly on the basis of their status within the subculture. Drug users in the subculture who provide and help procure the drug of choice enjoy strong status in the subculture's hierarchy. However, many drug users prefer just to use the drug, as selling and procurement is a risky and demanding role which some do not want to take.
Description: B.A.(HONS)SOCIOLOGY
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