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Key Themes and Research Agendas in the Sport-Alcohol Nexus


Palmer, C, Key Themes and Research Agendas in the Sport-Alcohol Nexus, Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 35, (2) pp. 168-185. ISSN 0193-7235 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/0193723511406131


This article synthesizes the main themes and research agendas that have been explored in studies of sports-associated drinking. It identifies four themes in which sport and alcohol come together: (a) the commercial economy; (b) social practices and cultural identities; (c) crime and violence; and (d) health behaviors. The article highlights the paradoxical and contradictory nature of the sport-alcohol nexus, especially in relation to health behaviors and crime and violence, where sport is both a context for and a "solution" to health damaging and criminal behavior. The article also argues for the contribution that studies of sports-based drinking can make to the sociology of sport and alcohol use more broadly, particularly with regard to applying new theoretical perspectives such as "calculated hedonism" and "casual leisure" to drinking in sporting contexts. It also extends our analysis of the beer-sport-gender "holy trinity" to considering drinking by women as well as among less traditional forms of masculine identities. Keywords

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Sport, exercise and recreation
Objective Field:Organised sports
UTAS Author:Palmer, C (Professor Catherine Palmer)
ID Code:84892
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:39
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2013-06-05
Last Modified:2018-01-09

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