|Titre :||This place is like the jungle: discussions about psychoactive substances on a cryptomarket (2018)|
|Auteurs :||S. ROLANDO ; F. BECCARIA|
|Type de document :||Article : Périodique|
|Dans :||Drugs and Alcohol Today (Vol.18, n°4, 2018)|
|Article en page(s) :||250-261|
|Discipline :||MAR (Marchés / Markets)|
Thésaurus TOXIBASEINTERNET ; FORUM DE DISCUSSION ; MARCHE DE LA DROGUE ; DISCOURS ; ETUDE QUALITATIVE ; ACHAT ; REDUCTION DES RISQUES ET DES DOMMAGES ; PRODUIT ILLICITE ; MEDICAMENTS ; VENTE ; QUALITE ; STIGMATISATION
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to analyse dynamics amongst members to better understand in what terms and to what extent marketplace forums can be seen as new forms of harm reduction.
Design/methodology/approach: This is a qualitative analysis focused on conversations about psychoactive substances on the forum community of AlphaBay Market. A sample consists of 100 online threads. The data, collected in July 2016, were analysed by applying the grounded theory approach with the support of Atlas.ti.
Findings: Conversations in the marketplace forum focus mostly on the purchase. Concerns and disputes are voiced in a significant proportion of them, and interactions are affected by a climate of distrust where stigmatisation processes can emerge between users of different drug categories. This casts a certain amount of doubt on the thesis that marketplace forums - like online forums - are new forms of harm reduction and peer-led communities.
Research limitations/implications: The study focuses on only one marketplace forum. Other such forums should be analysed to corroborate its findings.
Practical implication:s Harm reduction interventions in the online environment should take different form according to the forum type, and take the differences and boundaries that separate users of different substances into account.
Originality/value: Thanks to its infrequently used qualitative approach, the study provides a more thorough understanding of the relationships on marketplace forums.
|Domaine :||Autres substances / Other substances ; Drogues illicites / Illicit drugs|
|Affiliation :||Eclectica, Torino, Italy|