1st Edition

Disneyization of Drug Use Understanding Atypical Intoxication in Party Zones

By Tim Turner Copyright 2023
    152 Pages
    by Routledge

    152 Pages
    by Routledge

    Disneyization of Drug Use offers an innovative, ground-up understanding of the atypical patterns of illegal drug use that often permeate multi-day party zones such as nightlife tourist resorts and music festivals.

    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 (2004) 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.

    It will be of great appeal to academics and students interested in the fields of cultural criminology, deviant leisure, drug and alcohol studies, youth culture, and ethnographic research methods.

    Chapter 1: Introduction

    Chapter 2: The Call of the Wild: Drugs, Pleasure, and Escape

    Chapter 3: Messy Methods, Dirty Knowledge

    Chapter 4: Disneyized Theming: Welcome to the Pleasure Dome

    Chapter 5: Disneyized Hybrid Consumption: Space, Drugs and Normalization

    Chapter 6: Disneyized Branding and Merchandise: Drugs and Hierarchies of Cool

    Chapter 7: Disneyized Performative Labour: Drug Use and Dealing Amongst Ibiza’s Seasonal Workers

    Chapter 8: The Disneyization of Drug Use: From Ibiza to Festivals

    Chapter 9: Conclusion



    Tim Turner is an Assistant Professor of Criminology at Coventry University. His research interests focus on atypical patterns of drug and alcohol use in music festivals and other party zones. He is a volunteer research officer with The Loop, a ground-breaking service providing drug checking and harm reduction interventions within music festivals and city centres. Prior to his academic career, Tim was employed as a Forensic Mental Health Nurse in Camden Town, north London, working with violent mentally disordered offenders in the community, prisons, secure units, and police stations.

    “Starting out from an original conceptual premise and jam-packed with insightful fieldwork observations, Tim Turner’s Disneyization of Drug Use is not just a valuable new addition to the criminological literature on drugs and tourism, it also works as an alternative, high-octane expose of Ibiza’s fabled club and bar scene. If you’ve ever wondered what lies behind ‘The White Isle’s’ global reputation as the epicentre of clubbing and youthful excess, look no further.”

    Keith Hayward, Professor of Criminology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark