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"Du blir sedd som en pundare för att du röker en spliff liksom": En kvalitativ studie om cannabisanvändares syn på sitt eget användande samt samhällets attityder till detta användande
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
“You’re seen as a junkie just because you smoke a spliff” : A qualitative study of cannabis users view of their own use and society’s attitudes to this use (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to, in view of theories about deviance and social control, examine how cannabis users are experiencing and relating to their own use and the society’s perception on this use. Qualitative interviews with six users or former users of cannabis were performed.  Sociological concepts of deviance and normality, social control, roles, role distance and stigma were used to analyze the results. The study shows that the cannabis users experience deficiencies in the Swedish drug policy. They feel like the picture of cannabis as a dangerous substance is unanimous in society and that it is not accepted to question it. They also believe that issues related to narcotics are being handled inadequately in Sweden and that this may lead to people suffering from addiction not seeking help. The cannabis users in this study also felt like other people perceived them as addicts and junkies, while the users themselves separated use and abuse. Lastly, we discovered three different strategies to deal with the attitudes and norms in society. These strategies were: resistance and questioning, hidden use and secretiveness, adapting social circle and adoption of different roles.

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2016. , p. 53
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Cannabis users, drug policy, social control, deviance
Keyword [sv]
Cannabisanvändare, narkotikapolitik, social kontroll, avvikande
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-139782OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-139782DiVA, id: diva2:1074004
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