Psychoactive drugs and the management of time

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Psychoactive drugs and the management of time. / Hilte, Mats.

In: Sociologisk Forskning, Vol. 56, No. 2, 26.06.2019, p. 111-124.

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T1 - Psychoactive drugs and the management of time

AU - Hilte, Mats

PY - 2019/6/26

Y1 - 2019/6/26

N2 - The main objective for this article is to explore how users of psychoactive drugs experience time and the role psychoactive drugs play in the management and construction of time. The data in this study consists of different kinds of written documents such as anecdotal accounts and scientific articles and reports which was collected using a purposeful sampling technique. One important result is that time is experienced and constructed differently among users of legal drugs compared to users of illegal drugs. The use of heroin is for example associated with shrinking time-horizons and being afraid of looking back and looking ahead, while smoking cigarettes is correlated with killing chronological time and instituting a parenthesis in normative time. Another conclusion is that users of illegal drugs experience greater problems synchronizing social and subjective time compared to users of legal substances. The results of my study also suggest that drug users´ experiences of time are intertwined with the social context and social meanings of drug use.

AB - The main objective for this article is to explore how users of psychoactive drugs experience time and the role psychoactive drugs play in the management and construction of time. The data in this study consists of different kinds of written documents such as anecdotal accounts and scientific articles and reports which was collected using a purposeful sampling technique. One important result is that time is experienced and constructed differently among users of legal drugs compared to users of illegal drugs. The use of heroin is for example associated with shrinking time-horizons and being afraid of looking back and looking ahead, while smoking cigarettes is correlated with killing chronological time and instituting a parenthesis in normative time. Another conclusion is that users of illegal drugs experience greater problems synchronizing social and subjective time compared to users of legal substances. The results of my study also suggest that drug users´ experiences of time are intertwined with the social context and social meanings of drug use.

KW - management of time

KW - subjective time

KW - social time

KW - psychoactive drugs

KW - escape from time

KW - management of time

KW - subjective time

KW - social time

KW - psychoactive drugs

KW - drug use and the escape from time

M3 - Article

VL - 56

SP - 111

EP - 124

JO - Sociologisk Forskning

JF - Sociologisk Forskning

SN - 0038-0342

IS - 2

ER -