The normalisation of ‘sensible’ recreational drug use: Further evidence from the North West Longitudinal Study

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The term normalisation was developed during the late 1950s in Denmark in respect of creating ‘normal’ living conditions for people with learning difficulties. The term has become increasingly influential in service development for disadvantaged groups and particularly people with disabilities (Emerson 1992). Its leading proponent has continuously revised the term and established it as both a principle and a theoretical perspective (Wolfensberger 1972, 1984).

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDrugs and Popular Culture
Subtitle of host publicationDrugs, Media and Identity in Contemporary Society
EditorsPaul Manning
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781134012114
ISBN (Print)9781843926016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013