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Överdosens antropologi : en kontextuell studie

The Anthropology of Overdose: a Contextual Study
Publiceringsår: 2003
Språk: Svenska
Sidor: 232
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Lund Monographs in Social Anthropology
Volym: 13
Dokumenttyp: Doktorsavhandling
Förlag: Department of Sociology


The central theme of this thesis is the nature of heavy drug overdose and its social consequences. The aim of the study is to provide a nuanced ethnographic interpretation on the phenomenon concerning drug overdose, especially among drug users using injections as the principle means of administering the drugs. The field study was localized to institutional milieus, primarily drug addiction treatment centres in three countries; Sweden, the Netherlands and the United States. The field itself contains a number of different kinds of actors: drug users, police, medical staff, social workers; and the thesis goes to some length to describe this field - an institutional setting providing the conditions in which the activities occur. The thesis is organized in such a way as to focus increasingly on the advent of the overdose in the life space of the drug user, and on the way in which the individual's social status and the meaning of the act are constructed after the fact itself. Overdose can be understood as an act that defines the limit of the drug user's life world. Within this field the overdose represents a liminal moment, a crossing over. If surviving, the individual concerned achieves a new social status, that of a real drug user who has experienced the entire gamut of the drug universe. If this can be interpreted as a rite of passage, it is not one that is planned. Its meaning only emerges after the fact. It is suggested that the process of constructing ritual meaning after the event is best understood as a retrospective ritualization.


Edens Hörsal
  • Ted Goldberg


  • Social Anthropology
  • anthropology
  • overdose
  • drug users
  • retrospective ritualization
  • national insurance
  • Social problems and welfare
  • Sociala problem
  • social välfärd
  • socialförsäkring


  • ISSN: 1101-9948
  • ISBN: 91-7267-161-0

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