Drug use and western selfhood: an ethnography of urban paths in Perth, Western Australia

David Roger Moore

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    [Truncated] This thesis examines modalities for the construction and enactment of Western selfhood. It does so by examining, ethnographically and anthropologically, the everyday forms of drug use practised by the members of two socially and culturally diverse urban social scenes - the 'Players' and the 'Bohemians' - in Perth, Western Australia. Although anthropologists have become increasingly interested in the social and cultural construction of selfhood, their accounts rarely focus on selfhood in Western contexts. They either uncritically reproduce existing representations of the' Western' self or fail to explore its construction and expression in specific ethnographic settings. Scholars from other disciplines - most notably, historians and sociologists -have documented two broad cultural traditions with regard to Western selfhood, those of 'sincerity' and 'authenticity'. It is these traditions, and their relevance to an understanding of contemporary urban life, which are explored in the empirical context of urban drug use.
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • The University of Western Australia
    Publication statusUnpublished - 1995

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