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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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dc.contributor.advisor Hathaway, Andrew Hoffner, Rebecca 2018-02-01T14:31:47Z 2018-02-01T14:31:47Z 2018-01 2018-01-24 2018-02-01
dc.description.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. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject club drug en_US
dc.subject club drug use en_US
dc.subject ecstasy en_US
dc.subject rave en_US
dc.subject rave drug en_US
dc.subject EDM festival en_US
dc.subject harm reduction en_US
dc.subject drug policy en_US
dc.subject moral panic en_US
dc.subject MDMA en_US
dc.subject social construction en_US
dc.subject social constructionism en_US
dc.subject social problem en_US
dc.subject news media en_US
dc.subject newspaper en_US
dc.subject Canadian en_US
dc.subject electronic dance music festival en_US
dc.title Still Raving: The social construction of club drug use at raves and EDM festivals in Canadian newspapers en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy en_US Master of Arts en_US
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