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Drinking stories among climbers and older athletes in France and Australia


Palmer, C and Le Henaff, Y and Christophe, B and Feliu, F, Drinking stories among climbers and older athletes in France and Australia, International Journal of the Sociology of Leisure, 4, (1) pp. 7-24. ISSN 2520-8683 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s41978-020-00058-z


Despite stories about drinking being the focus of the research with young people, holiday makers, stag tour participants and college fraternities, stories of drinking among sportspeople have not featured significantly in the scholarship, even though alcohol consumption is a central feature in many aspects of sporting cultures and communities. Drawing on qualitative interviews with climbers in France and older athletes in Australia, the paper explores the ways in which drinking stories operate to confer accomplishment of a physical task (such as climbing) and to demarcate belonging to a membership group. In a departure from the literature on drinking stories in contemporary societies, these are not the themes of drinking to excess, transgression or vulgarity that are found in drinking stories by other social groups. When analysed together, however, they offer insights into the meanings ascribed to the social exchanges in drinking and offer important reminders of the consequences for drinking behaviours in sport. That similar themes of drinking stories were found in different sporting and geographical settings alerts us to the importance of drinking talk in sport; its absence in the scholarship highlighting the need to better understand the diversity of drinking in contemporary social life.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:sport, alcohol, France, Australia, climbers, masters athletes, drinking stories
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Urban sociology and community studies
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Sport, exercise and recreation
Objective Field:Recreation and leisure activities (excl. sport and exercise)
UTAS Author:Palmer, C (Professor Catherine Palmer)
ID Code:138952
Year Published:2021 (online first 2020)
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2020-05-14
Last Modified:2021-11-17

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