A social dimension on everyday life among heroin users in a Swedish setting

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Publication Conference Paper, other
Title A social dimension on everyday life among heroin users in a Swedish setting
Author(s) Lalander, Philip
Date 2013
English abstract
This presentation uses an interactionist perspective influenced by scholars such as Howard Becker, Erwing Goffman, Randal Collins, and Pierre Bourdieu in analyzing the everyday life of the heroin users in order to reveal the importance of social dimensions in trying to understand heroin use. It is particularly important to highlight the social dimension since we live in an individualized society in which social problems and deviant behaviour is often interpreted as individual problems of self-control, character, and/or medical/biological shortcomings. This approach is applied to ethnographic studies concerning the city of Norrköping (approx. 130,000 inhabitants), which had little experience of heroin before the end of the 1990s but suddenly harbored a local heroin market. Spending time with 25 young users (average age 22) facilitated a better understand of their motives for using heroin. This also made it possible to understand how important social life was for them, both in relation to getting into heroin and in trying to leave the often stressful life it causes. Social interaction and situations of the past are incorporated in the actors, in their habitus, and in their emotional interpretation of the world. Also incorporated is a certain social rhythm experienced while being with other drug users and by participating in drug using rituals. This rhythm is not coordinated with the social rhythm of mainstream society, whereby it acquires a value of its own.
Link http://www.soc.uu.se/digitalAssets/197/197427_abstracts.pdf (external link to publication)
Publisher Uppsala universitet
Högskolan i Skövde
Host/Issue The IVth Conference of the European Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction : European Studies in Symbolic Interaction : Traditions, Contemporary Perspectives, and Challenges: Uppsala, Sweden, 28-30 August 2013 : Abstract book;
Pages 28-29
Language swe (iso)
Subject(s) ethnography
individualized society
social bodies
emotional life
social rhythm
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Note The IVth Conference of the European Society for the Symbolic Interaction European Studies in Symbolic Interaction : Traditions, Contemporary Perspectives, and Challenges. Uppsala/Sweden, 28-30 August 2013.
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/16616 (link to this page)
Link http://www.soc.uu.se/digitalAssets/197/197421_program.pdf (external link to related web page)

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