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Socio-Cultural Context of Drug Use with Reflections to Cannabis Use in Croatia


  • Niksa Dubreta

    () (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture - University of Zagreb)


Socio-cultural context of drug use is reflected as the constitutive part of interpretation of its effects and corresponding meanings, both at macro and micro-societal level of sociological analysis. In the first part of the article some more influential social-theoretical approaches to drug use are considered. Most of them consider drug use in terms of sociology of subculture and deviance. In second part, Croatian socio-cultural context is analysed, with reflections on questioning key terms that are addressed in the first part of the article. The concluding part indicates the ability for critical reflection of part of theories with regard to specificities of Croatian socio-cultural context. Furthermore, it is indicated that is necessary to overcome existing focus on the war, transition and after-war period as still dominant interpretative model in actual Croatian social research on drug use.

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  • Niksa Dubreta, 2013. "Socio-Cultural Context of Drug Use with Reflections to Cannabis Use in Croatia," Interdisciplinary Description of Complex Systems - scientific journal, Croatian Interdisciplinary Society Provider Homepage:, vol. 11(1), pages 86-97.
  • Handle: RePEc:zna:indecs:v:11:y:2013:i:1:p:86-97

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    socio-cultural context; drug use; cannabis; subcultures;

    JEL classification:

    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification
    • Z18 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Public Policy


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