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Youth, drugs, and nightlife
Geoffrey Hunt
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Youth, Drugs, and Night Life examines the relationships between the electronic dance scene and drug use for young ravers and clubbers today. Based on over 300 interviews with ravers, DJ's and promoters, Hunt, Moloney, and Evans examine the different social groupings that make up the scene. The authors explore the accomplishment of gender, sexuality, and Asian American ethnic identity and critically analyze the negotiation of risk and pleasure within the world of raves and dance clubs. We learn about young ravers and clubbers' frustrations with recent attempts to control clubs and raves and their skepticism about official pronouncements on the dangers of ecstasy and other drugs, in this book that pivots between the local, the national, and the global in its approach.

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GeoffreyHunt is a social and cultural anthropologist, who has had nearlythirty years' experience in planning, conducting, and managing research in the field of youth studies, and drug and alcohol research.He is a senior research scientist at the USInstitute for Scientific Analysis and the Principal Investigator on three US National Institute of Health projects.He has published extensivelyon substance abuse, especially alcohol and drug use and evaluating community prevention and intervention programs.

Molly Moloney is a senior research associate at the Institute for Scientific Analysis. Trained as a cultural sociologist, her research focuses on gender, ethnicity, and identity within street gangs and within club-drug scenes. She has publishedon fatherhood among gang members, on regulating the nighttime economy in San Francisco, on club-drug use among Asian American youth, on gender theory, on global television and television critics.

Kristin Evans has adegree in sociology and psychology from the University of California at Berkeley. As aresearch associate at the Institute for Scientific Analysis in San Francisco she was project manager of two NIH-funded projects, on "Club Drugs and the Dance Scene" and "Asian American Youth, Drugs and the Dance Scene." Previouslyshe worked on street gang projects.She has published a number of articles with Geoffrey Hunt on gang girls and drug use, and ondrugs and the dance scene.

'[W]hat is most pleasing is that this book documents the rave scene from the perspective of its participants.'

'One of the book's strengths is its analysis of rave as a global youth culture.'

'Perhaps what this book illustrates best is how rapidly youth nightlife cultures evolve.'
-Alasdair J.M. Forsyth, Glasgow Caledonian University in Contemporary Sociology vol. 40, no. 3

Keyword Index
Youth - Drug use.
Country of Publication
New York (State)
Number of Pages

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