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Title: Consuming Alcohol in Bars, Pubs and Clubs: A risky freedom for young women?
Authors: Brooks, Oona
Contact Email: oona.brooks@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: alcohol
young women
gender
bars pubs and clubs
safety
risk
femininity
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies (ANZALS)
Citation: Brooks O (2008) Consuming Alcohol in Bars, Pubs and Clubs: A risky freedom for young women?, Annals of Leisure Research, 11 (3-4), pp. 331-350.
Abstract: Traditionally, consuming alcohol in bars, pubs, and clubs represents a masculine leisure activity at odds with conventional understandings of appropriate feminine behaviour. However, contemporary young women appear to have new freedoms to embrace this leisure activity. This paper focuses on the views of young women (18–25 years), drawing upon data from a qualitative study which explored young women’s views, experiences, and behaviours in relation to their safety when socialising and consuming alcohol in bars, pubs, and clubs in Scotland. Findings from this study identify socialising and consuming alcohol in bars, pubs, and clubs as a central aspect of young women’s social lives. However, for young women the consumption of alcohol in this context is also equated with risk, vulnerability, loss of control, and increased responsibility for their safety. These findings pose significant difficulties for locating women’s experiences of consuming alcohol in bars, pubs, and clubs within a poststructural framework of freedom and liberation.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/1985
URL: http://www.staff.vu.edu.au/anzals/ANNALS-Contents-2008-11-3-4.htm
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/11745398.2008.9686801
Rights: © Copyright: 2008 Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies ISSN: 1174 5398; The publisher has not responded to our queries therefore this work cannot be made publicly available in this Repository. Please use the Request a Copy feature at the foot of the Repository record to request a copy directly from the author; you can only request a copy if you wish to use this work for your own research or private study.
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