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Chemical Youth: Navigating Uncertainty in Search of the Good Life

Chemical Youth: Navigating Uncertainty in Search of the Good Life

This book explores how young people engage with chemical substances in their everyday lives. It builds upon and supplements a large body of literature on young people’s use of drugs and alcohol to highlight the subjectivities and socialities that chemical use enables across diverse socio-cultural settings, illustrating how young people seek to avoid harm, while harnessing the beneficial effects of chemical use.

The book is based on multi-sited anthropological research in Southeast Asia, Europe and the US, and presents insights from collaborative and contrasting analysis. Hardon brings new perspectives to debates across drug policy studies, pharmaceutical cultures and regulation, science and technology studies, and youth and precarity in post-industrial societies.

* Situates chemical enhancement in terms of the challenges that young people face in managing a range of expectations and pressures
* Uses ethnographic material from young people across the globe, including The Netherlands, USA, Indonesia and the Philippines
* Examines how young people view the risks of using chemical substances,  confronting the uncertainty of the practice while also attending to the perceived benefits


Hardon, Anita

Book Publisher

Palgrave Macmillan

Publisher Location

Cham, Switzerland

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