The Straight Edge Subculture: Examining the Youths' Drug-Free Way

  title={The Straight Edge Subculture: Examining the Youths' Drug-Free Way},
  author={D. Irwin},
  journal={Journal of Drug Issues},
  pages={365 - 380}
  • D. Irwin
  • Published 1999
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Drug Issues
  • Ethnographic research on a unique subculture known for its drug-free identity is presented. Straight Edge subculture differs from the other youth movements by supporting a drug-free lifestyle. This research suggests that Straight Edge may be viewed as a fascinating movement away from the drug scene. This article draws on interviews and ethnographic research on Straight Edge youths and discusses aspects of their alternative identity. Discussion focuses on the social norms of this drug-free… CONTINUE READING
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