The People and Dancefloors film in 6 chapters
The meaning of dancefloors in people’s lives
In this first chapter of the people and dancefloors film, people open up about their encounters with dancefloors, describing them as liberating experiences. They affirm the value of dancefloors as spaces of release, bonding, discovery and reflection.
Drugs and dancefloors: a marriage made in heaven.
In chapter two, people describe the processes of connection, sensory enhancement, embodiment, and release that characterise the marriage between music, dancefloors and drug-taking. For many, these three activities are deeply interconnected and often indivisible.
The alcohol hypocrisy
In chapter three, people share their frustration about the extent to which alcohol is culturally accommodated, and its consumption encouraged, in the UK. The glorification of alcohol in British society is contrasted to the taboo around other, potentially less harmful drugs used on the dancefloor.
Who can you talk to about drugs?
In chapter four, people address the relative social stigma that exists around drug-taking. Some discuss their struggles to be open about their drug use, particularly with their families and within professional environments. Many must hide their drug use, at home and at work, out of fear of the negative repercussions on their relationships, careers, and reputation.
Drugs and identity
In chapter five, the tension between activity and identity emerges from people’s narratives around drug-taking. Drug-taking is an activity, and as such it should not define people’s identity. It should not define who they are. But too often, society defines people who take drugs as childish, deviant, and irresponsible.
How do we move forward?
In chapter six, people address the need to come together to challenge misconceptions about drug-taking. To move the debate forward, we need more openness and dialogue about drug-taking. Not only will this reduce the stigma surrounding drugs, it will also reduce some of the harms resulting from drug use.