Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Social Work

First Advisor

Lippert, Randy,


Sociology, Public and Social Welfare.



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Since the early 1990's there has been a considerable amount of attention given to ecstasy and raves in Toronto. This study examines newspaper coverage of ecstasy through a content analysis of all articles about ecstasy appearing in the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail and National Post from 1988 to 2002. Using a "contextual" constructionist perspective, claims-making activities of various individuals and/or groups is examined. Claims are contrasted with "objective evidence" to illustrate their constructed nature. It is concluded that ecstasy use in Toronto is not the "social problem" it is made out to be in newspaper accounts. A short discussion of possible reasons, other than objective harm, for the panic over ecstasy is offered.Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2003 .M55. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 42-02, page: 0486. Adviser: Randy Lippert. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2003.