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Club studies: methodological perspectives for researching drug use in a central youth social space

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  • Jakob Demant, Denmark
  • Signe Ravn, Denmark
  • Sidsel Thorsen, Center for Rusmiddelforskning, Denmark
  • Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research
Club studies are sociological investigations of youth drug use in the social situation of the club. By being present at the club the researcher tries to gain access to a somehow hidden population of drug users who only to a lesser extent perceive their drug use as problematic. In spite of impressive club studies conducted in both Great Britain and in the United States, it seems that, broadly speaking, previous efforts can be characterized as either very broad and/or quantitative or very particular, sub-cultural and exclusively qualitative. Through a review of these studies, this article suggests a mixed-methods approach to club studies that combine quantitative data, qualitative interviews and ethnography conducted in the club space. By introducing the concept of ‘socionautics', this review suggests that the researcher travels into the social landscape of youth, clubs and drugs and utilizes her experiences in interviews.
Original languageEnglish
JournalLeisure Studies
Pages (from-to)241-252
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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