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Still Raving: The social construction of club drug use at raves and EDM festivals in Canadian newspapers

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Title: Still Raving: The social construction of club drug use at raves and EDM festivals in Canadian newspapers
Author: Hoffner, Rebecca
Program: Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy
Advisor: Hathaway, Andrew
Abstract: Club drug use in news media is understudied in the Canadian context. Accordingly, the current study explores how the evolving rave scene and club drug use has been constructed in three Canadian newspapers. Through a qualitative thematic analysis, this study examines media coverage in two separate periods of time: 1999 to 2004 and 2011 to 2016. The total sample of 129 articles is used to examine how club drug use is defined, how the problem is typified, and what solutions are offered and evaluated by claimsmakers in media coverage. The results indicate that news media and other information sources described club drug use as a social problem in both eras, denoting a moral panic. Despite the similarities, important differences were noted, with the latter being characterized by more moderate and balanced reporting. More specifically, during the festival era, the findings reveal competing interpretations of and solutions for the ‘problem’ in coverage, indicating retreat from prohibition and more support for harm reduction interventions.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/12542
Date: 2018-01


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