Disneyization of Drug Use: Understanding Atypical Intoxication in Party Zones

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Drawing on ethnographic research conducted over three summers in Ibiza, the book contextualizes the drug and alcohol-related experiences of tourists and seasonal workers operating in the island's infamously hedonistic party spaces. Through an innovative application of Alan Bryman’s seminal work, The Disneyization of Society, the book argues how the same marketing principles that generate consumption in the legal economy of Disney theme parks also drives illicit drug use in Ibiza and music festivals, where the line between legal and illegal substances rapidly blurs to the point of collapse. This highly innovative book offers rich insights into the complex interplay between drug and alcohol use, agency, pleasure, risk, consumerism, and social context.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages168
ISBN (Print)9780367743734, 9780367743727
Publication statusPublished - 30 Dec 2022

Publication series

NameDrugs, Crime and Society


  • Ibiza
  • Drug use
  • Drug dealers
  • Music festivals
  • Disneyization


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