The Future

  • Barry Glassner
  • Julia Loughlin
Chapter

Abstract

We have pointed out several social conditions which together make drug use a convenient and reasonable component of the everyday lives of US adolescents. Despite their illegality, drugs are circulated within adolescent networks in ways that place users in little danger of punishment. Reciprocally, drug distribution and communal usage help to bring youths together and define and sustain them in peer groups. Drugs are ‘something to do’, and they offer the potential of being much more; since their use necessitates social interaction and departures from conventional behaviour, drugs often provide relief from boredom and waiting to be an adult.

Keywords

Income Beach Smoke Cold Working Karen 

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© Barry Glassner and Julia Loughlin 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Barry Glassner
    • 1
  • Julia Loughlin
    • 1
  1. 1.Syracuse UniversityNew YorkUSA

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