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Sex, Drugs and Young People : International Perspectives - Peter Aggleton

Sex, Drugs and Young People

International Perspectives

By: Peter Aggleton (Editor), Andrew Ball (Editor), Purnima Mane (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 15th December 2005
ISBN: 9780415328777
Number Of Pages: 240

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All over the world, young people have been the focus of recurrent moral panic concerning illicit drug and substance use. While there is global concern about teenage pregnancy and rising rates of sexually transmitted infection and HIV/AIDS, dominant portrayals suggest that young people - particularly 'adolescents' - are willful hedonists intent on self-destruction. Sex, Drugs and Young Peoplecalls into question the mainstream assumptions about adolescence and youth that underlie many of our understandings in relation to sexual practices and drug use among teenagers and young adults. The book provides a more complex view of the transition to adulthood as not merely biologically driven, but rather socially and culturally organized. Bringing together a range of cross-cultural and cross-national contributions, the book reveals similarities and differences that mark both sexuality and drug use among young people in different social and cultural settings. In doing so, it allows the reader tobuild up a clearer understanding of the challenges that must be faced in fields such as public health and education if we are to develop programmes that really serve the needs of young people. Sex, Drugs and Young Peoplewill be of interest to many professionals working with young people and is suitable for a wide range of multidisciplinary courses covering areas such as human sexuality, sex education, public health and social work.

'The book busts some myths and provides timely reinforcement of truths that world governments would rather avoid. It offers some ways forward, and reminds those of us who are too ready to sideline young people that they are fellow citizens.' - Times Educational Supplement

'An interesting book that highlights different cultural and national experiences of youth that illustrate the richness, vulnerability and complexity of adolescence. Recommended reading for anyone who works with young people and wants to acquire a more global appreciation of the broader cultural context of youth' - Child and Family Social Work

'A useful starting point to locate evidence and research on a whole range of health issues and themes.' - Youth and Policy

Introductionp. 1
Young people, poverty and riskp. 13
Gender, vulnerability and young peoplep. 29
Ethnicity, culture, drugs and sexp. 48
Young people, sexual practice and meaningsp. 65
Young people and illicit drug usep. 84
Drug use among same-sex attracted young peoplep. 101
Drinking behaviour, coming of age and riskp. 120
Sex, drugs and vulnerability : young people who sell sex and use drugsp. 141
Young migrants, refugees and displaced peoplep. 153
Young people, the military, sex and drugsp. 171
Young people in detentionp. 186
Sex, drugs and indigenous young peoplep. 200
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ISBN: 9780415328777
ISBN-10: 0415328772
Series: Sexuality, Culture and Health
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 15th December 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Number: 1