Mediated representations of queer male drug use

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This article explores some of the mediated representations of queer male drug use -- in particular, those concerning 'chemsex' and 'party and play' -- in an effort to reveal the underlying meanings and emotionality that contribute to society’s understandings of these men and their behaviors. The article presents analyses of two general types of negatively-framed representations. The first consists of more 'traditional' forms such as documentaries and news reports. The second examines representations that are mediated through public health agencies and drug awareness campaigns. Both types of representations can, in effect, serve to define queer male drug users -- often without their input.
Original languageEnglish
JournalRivista Salute e Societá
Publication statusAccepted for publication - 2 Jun 2021


  • queer criminology
  • cultural criminology
  • drug use
  • mediated representations


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