WAYS OF USING: FUNCTIONAL INJECTING DRUG USERS
R.Sharp, M. Davis, G.W. Dowsett, Susan Kippax, K. Hewitt, S. Morgan & W. Robertson
Project Steering Committee:
Associate Professor Rachel Sharp, Associate Professor Susan Kippax, Mr Gary Dowsett (Research Fellow in Sociology), Mr Mark Davis (Research Assistant) & Mr Gray Sattler, Policy Analyst, AIDS Bureau, NSW Department of Health.
The Functional Drug User.
The Social and Interpersonal Context.
Control and Ritual.
Illegality and Stigma.
SECTION ONE - INTRODUCTION
Choosing an Appropriate Research Method.
Sample and Method.
SECTION TWO-A - THE FUNCTIONAL DRUG TAKER:
THEORETICAL AND CONCEPTUAL CONSIDERATIONS
The Social Contexts of Drug-Using Practices.
The Social Construction of Drug-Using Cultures.
The Meaning of Dysfunctionality.
Symbols and Ritual: The Social Meaning of Drug Use.
Multiple Membership and Affiliations.
A Social Conceptualisation of Drug Use.
The Production of Functional Drug Use.
Correlates of Functionality.
SECTION TWO-B - THE FIDU SAMPLE AND THE ISSUE OF FUNCTIONALITY.
The Literature Search.
A definition of Functionality.
The FIDU Sample and the Definition of Functionality.
SECTION THREE - RISK BEHAVIOURS OF USERS.
Motives of Using.
Ways of Using.
Places of Use.
Social Context of Drug Use.
Sex and Drugs.
The Problems of Needle Supply and Disposal.
SECTION FOUR - SOME ISSUES IN THE REDUCTION OF RISK: EDUCATION AND POLICY IMPLICATIONS.
Knowledge about HIV transmission.
Drug Use and Needle Sharing.
Rules and Planning Behaviour.
The Ideology of Trust.
SECTION FIVE - STIGMATISATION AND SOCIETAL REACTION: EDUCATION AND POLICY IMPLICATIONS.
Entry to Treatment.
Identity and Community.
Friends as Conduits of Information.
APPENDIX ONE - SPECIAL ISSUES.
Young People and Drugs and Sex Education.
Gender Divisions, Women.
Prisons and the Normalisation of Unsafe Using Practices.
Dealers as AIDS Prevention Agents.
Field work interviewers: Kim Hewitt, Sue Morgan, Bill Robertson
Project administration: Penny Dickson
Administrative and office support: Yvonne Roberts
Thank you to the many people who volunteered to be interviewed for the project and for helping us recruit additional people to be interviewed. Funding:
The project was funded by a grant from the AIDS Bureau, NSW Department of Health.
July1991 MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY CENTRE FOR APLLIED SOCIAL RESEARCH