'Man up!': discursive constructions of non-drinkers among UK undergraduates

Conroy, Dominic and de Visser, Richard (2013) 'Man up!': discursive constructions of non-drinkers among UK undergraduates. Journal of Health Psychology, 18 (11). pp. 1432-1444. ISSN 1359-1053

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Abstract

This study adopted a discursive approach to explore how not drinking alcohol (non-drinking) is construed in relation to masculine identity among 12 undergraduate interviewees. Three prominent discourses were revealed. First, non-drinking was constructed as something strange requiring explanation. Second, contradictory discourses constructed non-drinking as, simultaneously, unsociable yet reflective of greater sociability. Third, non-drinking was constructed as something which has greater negative social consequences for men than for women. Opportunities for challenging traditional gender role expectations are considered.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Q Science > QZ Psychology
Depositing User: Richard deVisser
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2014 14:54
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2015 16:07
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/49736

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