Real Drugs in a Virtual World: Drug Discourse and Community Online

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Edward Murguía, Melissa Tackett-Gibson, Ann Lessem
Lexington Books, 2007 - Self-Help - 238 pages
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Drug Abuse (NIDA) funded research project on drug information and online drug-related communities. The editors of this pivotal text, Edward Murguia, Ann Lessem, and Melissa Tackett-Gibson, elevate the debate about drug use and the Internet from a polemic discourse to social scientific investigation. The essays confront issues related to the study of drug communication online, including the causal factors of abuse as discussed in online forums, the relationship between music and drug use in virtual communities, and the ways in which individuals assess the accuracy of online drug information. This book highlights the variety of ways to examine drug use as a social problem and presents several theoretical perspectives valuable to online research. Real Drugs in a Virtual World is an enlightening and thought provoking read that will appeal to sociology students and those interested in virtual communities.

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Edward Murguia is associate professor of sociology at Texas A&M University. Ann Lessem is assistant research scientist at the Public Policy Research Institute at Texas A&M University. Melissa Tackett-Gibson is assistant research scientist at the Public Policy Research Institute at Texas A&M University.

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