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Virtually Hidden: A Theoretical Framework for understanding and conceptualising Online Drug Related Pornography

Scheibein, F, Van Hout, M, Henriques, S and Wells, J (2023) Virtually Hidden: A Theoretical Framework for understanding and conceptualising Online Drug Related Pornography. Contemporary Drug Problems. ISSN 0091-4509

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Online drug use pornography has been freely available through websites on the open internet for at least 7 years. Surprisingly there is almost no exploration of its nature, character or impacts on both performers and those engaging with this type of content within the research literature. Nor is it an issue that has engaged health care providers and other statutory and non-statutory agencies even though it may have implications within their respective domains. A preliminary scoping of the online environment is used to propose a theoretical framework that combines Goffman's performance theory with that of Turner and Schechner's positioning of ritual theory within performance theory, Butler's concept of performativity online and Luppichi's concept of the ‘technoself’. Utilising the proposed theoretical framework, it is postulated that the presence, performance and engagement of online drug use pornography is a social boundary testing and possibly breaking performance centred on iterative relationships between performer and consumers of this content.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 11 Medical and Health Sciences; 16 Studies in Human Society
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Public Health Institute
Publisher: SAGE Publications
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2023 14:44
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2023 10:45
DOI or ID number: 10.1177/00914509231173435
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/19389
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