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In-depth Interviews and Virtual Forums: Mix of Methods for Decriminalization of Drug Consumption in Latin America

By: Victoria Sánchez Antelo Published: 2014 | Product: SAGE Research Methods Cases
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For my PhD thesis, I was interested in illegal drug consumers as political subjects within a social context, such as Argentina's, in which these practices are penalized. The background is a public debate brought about by high levels of illegal drug consumption and HIV/AIDS and increasing demands on the part of civil society for changes in legislation. I focused on learning about drug users' arguments on these proposals; drug users are key players who had not been clearly included in the local social studies. Methodologically, this case aims to promote reflection on the potential of in-depth interviews, initially the chosen tools but which when implemented proved to have certain limitations. Because of these limitations made, I chose to work with data from the Internet (the ...

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