Risk, Transgression and Substance Use: An Ethnography of Young British Tourists in Ibiza

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Briggs, Daniel and Turner, Tim 2011. Risk, Transgression and Substance Use: An Ethnography of Young British Tourists in Ibiza. Studies of Transition States and Societies. 3 (2), pp. 14-25.
AuthorsBriggs, Daniel and Turner, Tim
Abstract

British youth have a notorious reputation for binge drinking, drug use, sex and risk behaviours within most major European holiday resorts. Consequently, there is much concern about their social activities abroad – especially in the Spanish Balearics. While research has documented these behaviours among British youth on these islands, it has tended to rely on survey data and offered little understanding of why these behaviours might take place. This is the principle aim of our paper. Our research aims were to examine the drinking attitudes among British youth abroad and investigate the reasons that underpin these attitudes. Additional research interests were drug use, sex and risk behaviours. The paper is based on findings from ethnographic research with British youth in San Antonio, Ibiza. We spent one week with British youth and undertook participant observation and 17 focus groups (equating to 97 young people aged 17 to 31). The data suggests that British youth engage in these behaviours because they are exciting; to escape the constraints of work and family in the UK; and because these behaviours are integral to the construction of their life biographies and identities. The data also indicates that these behaviours are aggressively endorsed by various aspects of the social context of Ibiza.

KeywordsRisk; Transgression
JournalStudies of Transition States and Societies
Journal citation3 (2), pp. 14-25
ISSN1736-8758
Year2011
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY-ND
Web address (URL)http://www.tlu.ee/stss/?page_id=719
http://hdl.handle.net/10552/1611
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Print2011
Publication process dates
Deposited21 Jun 2012
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Briggs, D. and Turner, T. (2011), 'Risk, Transgression and Substance Use: An Ethnography of Young British Tourists in Ibiza', Studies of Transition States and Societies, 3(2), pp. 14-25.

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