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Becoming a “hype”: heroin consumption, subcultural formation and resistance in Canada, 1945-1961
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs (SoRAD).
2002 (English)In: Contemporary Drug Problems, ISSN 0091-4509, Vol. 29, no 1, 91-115 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In the late 1940s and 1950s a new subculture of heroin use developed in Vancouver and Toronto. The users were primarily working-class or poor and often came from troubled family backgrounds. Heroin use was a way of satisfying longings and cravings and of establishing a sense of identity and community. Heroin's status as a banned substance with a frightening reputation ensured that consuming it was also an act of defiance and resistance against community norms. This paper explores the use of heroin as a consumer commodity and symbol of resistance, and locates the development of this drug-using subculture in the distinctive socio-economic and cultural circumstances of post-World War II Canada. (Author' s abstract)

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2002. Vol. 29, no 1, 91-115 p.
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-57256OAI: diva2:414873
Available from: 2011-05-04 Created: 2011-05-04 Last updated: 2011-06-13Bibliographically approved

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