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 People "calls 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 to build 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 People" will 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
|List of contributors||p. ix|
|The structuring of vulnerability||p. 11|
|Young people, poverty and risk||p. 13|
|Gender, vulnerability and young people||p. 29|
|Ethnicity, culture, drugs and sex||p. 48|
|Young people, sex and drugs||p. 63|
|Young people, sexual practice and meanings||p. 65|
|Young people and illicit drug use||p. 84|
|Drug use among same-sex attracted young people||p. 101|
|Drinking behaviour, coming of age and risk||p. 120|
|Special circumstances, special needs?||p. 139|
|Sex, drugs and vulnerability: young people who sell sex and use drugs||p. 141|
|Young migrants, refugees and displaced people||p. 153|
|Young people, the military, sex and drugs||p. 171|
|Young people in detention||p. 186|
|Sex, drugs and indigenous young people||p. 200|
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Series: Sexuality, Culture and Health
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 7th December 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.96 x 20.22 x 1.45
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1