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Manuscript deadline
25 June 2021

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Hakan Gülerce, Department of Sociology, Harran University, Turkey
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Ruken Macit, Department of Sociology, Harran University, Turkey
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Sveinung Sandberg, Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law, University of Oslo, Norway
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Michał Wanke, Department of Cultural Studies, Faculty of Philology, the University of Opole, Poland
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Cannabis Cultures and Cannabis Markets in Global Perspective

Cannabis is not only one of the most prevalent and foremost cultivated and traded drugs, but is also the substance with which many users start their recreational, abusive or problematic use of psychoactive substances. Known by the nicknames “weed”, “hashish” and many others, it is the subject of a multitude of cultural narratives and features in contemporary media productions, texts and images. Cannabis belongs to traditional cultures with various vernacular meanings, but has a long history of being illegal and is associated with underground subcultures and illegal markets, especially in Western countries. There are now signs of an axiological shift, however, with some jurisdictions becoming open to different sorts of supervised production, legal distribution and use.

The norms, narratives, symbols and markets associated with cannabis vary across different populations, legislations, traditions and contexts, making it virtually impossible to treat the substance in one universal way. The substance is used differently, occurs in many forms and has recently been subject to a dramatic increase in potency. Moreover, the production, marketing and user reception of synthetic cannabinoids further complicates the cultural and economic landscape of cannabis culture.

There are different cultural, economic and policy contexts of cannabis use, its distribution and prevention, depending on the local circumstances. Nevertheless, one can still identify clear cultural traits associated with cannabis use, and research includes both universal and idiographic interpretations.

This special issue seeks to overview the dynamics of cannabis use and supply: the diversity of attitudes, narratives and practices, in order to discuss the variety as well as the similarities of cannabis cultures and markets across the globe. It is especially important to understand the variety of experiences and expectations towards cannabis within multicultural communities. Due to the international character of many prevention and monitoring programs, or simply because of the diverse composition of societies, it is equally fundamental to gain intercultural perspectives on the issue.

Works with local foci or comparative works are both welcome. Non-Western perspectives are invited. We encourage submissions that deal with the following topics, but we are open to other relevant contributions too.

  • Local contexts of cannabis use, cultures, markets
  • Indigenous and/or modern subcultures of cannabis users
  • Cannabis cultures and markets across different social and cultural categories: gender, age, ethnicity, class
  • Changes in the attitudes towards, definitions of, and practices associated with cannabis use
  • Culturally specific responses to the risks of cannabis use,  harm reduction and prevention
  • Cross-cultural misconceptions regarding cannabis use
  • Local and intercultural perspectives on narratives of cannabis and cannabis use
  • Cultural meanings associated with production, marketing and consumption of cannabis generally, but also regarding synthetic cannabinoids
  • Online markets and cultures of cannabis

Papers with qualitative, quantitative or mixed-method approaches are welcome. All papers should consider the implications of their findings for prevention and responses in the area.

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Submission Instructions

The abstracts (no longer than 300 words) shall be emailed to [email protected]. The email title should read ‘DEPP: Special Issue - Cannabis’. The abstracts will be accepted by the editors by March 22, 2021. If selected, the full manuscripts will be due on June 25, 2021. Submissions will undergo the standard DEPP peer review procedure. The special issue will be published in 2022. All accepted papers will be published in early online mode immediately after acceptance.

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