Key themes and research agendas in the sport-alcohol nexus

Palmer, Catherine 2011, Key themes and research agendas in the sport-alcohol nexus, Journal of sport and social issues, vol. 35, no. 2, pp. 168-185, doi: 10.1177/0193723511406131.

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Title Key themes and research agendas in the sport-alcohol nexus
Author(s) Palmer, Catherine
Journal name Journal of sport and social issues
Volume number 35
Issue number 2
Start page 168
End page 185
Total pages 18
Publisher Sage Publications, Inc.
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2011-05
ISSN 0193-7235
Keyword(s) alcohol
calculated hedonism
Summary 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0193723511406131
Field of Research 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 950102 Organised Sports
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2011
Copyright notice ©2011, SAGE Publications
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