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Sveinung Sandberg

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847421203

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847421203.001.0001

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Drugs and masculinity

Drugs and masculinity

(p.76) (p.77) Five Drugs and masculinity
Street capital

Sveinung Sandberg

Willy Pedersen

Policy Press

This chapter discusses the different kinds of drugs and their effects on the users. It notes that most of the young men at The River grew up in Norway and started smoking cannabis with their peers in their early teens. The chapter further notes that the initiation into cannabis use was a rite of passage; it signified the end of childhood. It observes that the most important norm regulating the use of drugs was to maintain control: not to be seen as ‘dependent’ or as using too much. The chapter mentions a study by Bucerius, (2007) of a group of street drug dealers in Frankfurt – young minority ethnic men with Islamic backgrounds who were quite similar to the dealers in this study. It notes that many of The River dealers with a strong Muslim identity were ambivalent about drink and alcohol.

Keywords:   cannabis, control, dependent, Frankfurt, Islamic backgrounds, The River dealers, Muslim identity, alcohol

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