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'I don't really care about what someone else's studied' : Drinking guidelines and the government of pleasure

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posted on 2008-01-01, 00:00 authored by Lyn HarrisonLyn Harrison
This paper examines data from a Drinkwise Australia funded research project that investigated the cultural drivers of drinking in 14-24 year-old Australians. The research included two studies. In one we conducted interviews and focus groups with administrators and young people in a range of sporting clubs and in the other we interviewed 60 young people aged 20-24 about their drinking biographies. The drinking biographies study is the focus of this paper. At the time of interviewing the draft guidelines on low-risk drinking were released by the NH&MRC and we asked our participants what they knew about them and if they would affect their drinking patterns. The responses to these questions are examined in light of O’Malley and Valverde’s claim that pleasure is silenced and/or deployed strategically in liberal governance discourses about drugs and alcohol (2004: 25). This is despite the fact that research indicates that pleasure is an important motivation for drinking.

History

Event

Australian Sociological Association. Conference (2008 : Melbourne, Vic.)

Pagination

1 - 14

Publisher

TASA

Location

University of Melbourne, Victoria

Place of publication

Melbourne, Vic.

Start date

2008-12-02

End date

2008-12-05

ISBN-13

9780734039842

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1 Full written paper - refereed

Copyright notice

2008, TASA

Editor/Contributor(s)

T Majoribanks, J Barraket, J Chang, A Dawson, M Guillemin, M Henry-Waring, A Kenyon, R Kokanovic, J Lewis, D Lusher, D Nolan, P Pyett, R Robins, D Warr, J Wyn

Title of proceedings

TASA 2008 : Re-imagining sociology : the annual conference of the Australian Sociological Association 2008, 2-5 December 2008, The University of Melbourne

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