Putting the party down on paper: a novel method for mapping youth drug use in private settings

Signe Ravn, Cameron James Duff

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This article proposes a novel method for generating context-rich knowledge about hard-to-access places. We ground our discussion in a recent qualitative study of social settings of youth drug use in Denmark. The study confirmed that private house parties are common sites of youth drug use, although these parties presented limited opportunities for fieldwork. In response, a map-task was introduced to the study to complement fieldwork and interviews. We assess the most significant methodological and epistemological features of this map-task, and explore how it may to used to conduct observations from a distance in hard-to-access places. Further, we argue that the map-task has a number of analytical and logistical advantages for scholars interested in the health and social aspects of hidden phenomena, such as youth drug use
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124 - 132
Number of pages9
JournalHealth & Place
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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