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GROUP FORMATION, GROUP COHESION, AND MARIJUANA USE

EMMANUEL N. SANTOS
Philippine Sociological Review
Vol. 32, No. 1/4 (January-December 1984), pp. 31-40
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41853619
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Abstract

Using a symbolic interactionist perspective, this paper approaches marijuana use not as a social problem but as an integrative element in group formation and cohesion. The group members under study, all of whom live in the same locality, banded together to ensure the acquisition, purchase and use of marijuana. Their cohesion as a group is enhanced relative to the availability of marijuana, as this dictates the frequency and intensity of the group's interaction; the degree to which the members adhere to group norms and values; and the degree to which the group fulfills the member's needs and interests.

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