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Risk factors and dangerous classes in a European context : the consequences of ethnic framing of and among Turkish drug users in Ghent, Belgium

Boekbijdrage - Hoofdstuk

The chapter is introduced by exploring the concept of dangerous classes in a European context. Next, it moves on to study the construction of U+2018being TurkishU+2019, the consequences of perceived negative framing in the Turkish community (because of drug use), in society (i.e. as U+2018TurkishU+2019 or U+2018MuslimU+2019) and its relation to drug treatment and help seeking. The meaning and lived experience of drug use and ethnicity are identified by enquiring into individual and collective strategies as well as responses to perceived framing among self-described recreational and problem drug users with a Turkish migration background in Ghent. These lived experiences and constructs are compared with frames among mental health workers who work with Muslim clients in Ghent and with the cultural competence literature.The analysis is based on interviews with 47 individuals aged 18U+201365 with a Turkish migration background living in Ghent, Belgium. Before discussing the ethnicity-related findings, the following questions are addressed: (1) problem usersU+2019 experiences in treatment and their experience with alternative treatment; (2) the frames applied by mental health providers as studied by Rondelez and colleagues (2018);(3) a literature review of the concept of cultural competence (CC) in drug treatment (De Kock et al., 2019). This integrated eco-social analysis allows a description of how ethnicity interacts with problem use and treatment and an identification of how provider views and CC discourse align with these needs and/or serve to frame the populations U+2018as riskyU+2019.
Boek: Alcohol, drugs and risk in historical and cross-cultural perspective : framing dangerous classes and dangerous spaces
Pagina's: 109 - 129
Jaar van publicatie:2020