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Sport, alcohol and older athletes


Palmer, C, Sport, alcohol and older athletes, Sport, Alcohol and Social Inquiry: A Global Cocktail, Emerald Publishing Ltd., S Gee (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 83-97. ISBN 9781787698420 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

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Purpose: To outline new research on the ways in which older athletes incorporate drinking practices into their social and sporting identities. Drawing on research with older Australian athletes, the chapter asks us to reimagine the sport–alcohol nexus to include new sites and subjects that can shed light on wider articulations of the pleasurable and problematic relationships between sport, alcohol and social identity.

Design/methodology/approach: In the first part of the chapter, key themes in sport and ageing research are discussed. In the second, issues of alcohol, older age and sporting identities are considered, drawing on research at the 2017 Australian Masters Games. This sets the scene for a fuller discussion and analysis of some of the missed opportunities in alcohol and sport research, and their implications for sport and social policy, health promotion and social care more broadly.

Findings: The chapter reveals several under-developed opportunities in a broader research agenda on sport and alcohol, including the role alcohol plays in conferring membership and belonging to the sporting communities of older athletes. The chapter suggests that a recalibration of popular understandings of sport, ageing and alcohol – both as separate and as inter-related concerns – may provide an opportunity for addressing wider social concerns with ageing more broadly.

Research limitations/implications: Discussion of ageing and alcohol, through the lens of sport, has important implications for an analysis of drinking practices and in sport, and for sport and social policy, health promotion and social care.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:alcohol, older athletes, sport, masters games
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:141061
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2020-09-22
Last Modified:2021-04-08

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