Beyond the binge in 'booze Britain': market-led liminalization and the spectacle of binge drinking

Hayward, K.J. and Hobbs, D. (2007) Beyond the binge in 'booze Britain': market-led liminalization and the spectacle of binge drinking. British Journal of Sociology, 58 (3). pp. 437-456. ISSN 0007-1315 . (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

The contemporary night-time economy has transformed British town centres into liminal spaces where transgression does not subvert normative space, but establishes public drunkenness as integral to a negotiated order. The focus of this paper is the wider dialectic surrounding contemporary 'binge drinking', and in particular the relationship between aesthetic processes aimed at encouraging alcohol-related excitement and excess, and those that seek to exert a measure of rational control over the drink 'problem'. It is the logic of the market that informs governmental policy on alcohol, and the binge drinker is central to the spectacle of the night-time economy as a form of self gratification which also embodies forms of repression

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: binge drinking; alcohol; liminality; spectacle; night-time economy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Sociology
Depositing User: Maureen Cook
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007 17:42
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2014 10:30
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/2158 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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