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Drinking in the dark: shedding light on young people’s alcohol consumption experiences

Wilkinson, Samantha

Authors

Samantha Wilkinson Samantha.wilkinson@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

This paper draws on 12 months of ethnographic research to explore the drinking experiences of young people, aged 15-24, living in the suburban case study locations of Chorlton and Wythenshawe, Manchester, UK. This paper moves beyond the contemporary geographical imaginary of alcohol consumption as a city-centre issue, to explore suburban indoor and outdoor drinking cultures. Through paying attention to atmospheres of darkness and lightness, I show how drinkscapes are active constituents of young people’s drinking occasions, rather than passive backdrops. More than this, I illustrate how young people transform dark and light drinkscapes, thereby shaping the drinking practices of themselves and others. Through looking at the interplay between the curating of an atmosphere, and the experience of that atmosphere when bodies, and practices are inserted into it, this paper offers a different take on the ‘drinking at home is bad, drinking in public spaces is good’ argument, with original policy suggestions.

Citation

Wilkinson, S. (in press). Drinking in the dark: shedding light on young people’s alcohol consumption experiences. Social and Cultural Geography, https://doi.org/10.1080/14649365.2016.1227872

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 21, 2016
Online Publication Date Sep 2, 2016
Deposit Date Sep 23, 2016
Publicly Available Date Sep 23, 2016
Journal Social & Cultural Geography
Electronic ISSN 1464-9365
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14649365.2016.1227872
Keywords alcohol consumption; atmospheres; darkness; lightness; spaces of drinking; young people
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/37091
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14649365.2016.1227872
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

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