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Drinking stories among climbers and older athletes in France and Australia

Palmer, C ORCID: 0000-0001-8345-7556, Le Henaff, Y, Christophe, B and Feliu, F 2020 , 'Drinking stories among climbers and older athletes in France and Australia' , International Journal of the Sociology of Leisure , doi: 10.1007/s41978-020-00058-z.

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Abstract

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

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Palmer, C and Le Henaff, Y and Christophe, B and Feliu, F
Keywords: sport, alcohol, France, Australia, climbers, masters athletes, drinking stories
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of the Sociology of Leisure
Publisher: Springer New York LLC
ISSN: 2520-8683
DOI / ID Number: 10.1007/s41978-020-00058-z
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