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Women drinking alcohol: assembling a perspective from a Victorian country town, Australia

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Abstract


  • Gender is a key lens for interpreting meanings and practices of drinking. In response to the overwhelming amount of social and medical alcohol studies that focus on what extent people conform to norms of healthy drinking, this article extends critical feminist geographical engagement with assemblage thinking to explore how the technologies of biopower covertly materialised as bodily habits may be preserved and challenged. We suggest an embodied engagement with alcohol to help think through the gendered practices and spatial imaginaries of rural drinking life. Our account draws on interviews with women of different cohort generations with Anglo-Celtic ancestry living in a country town in Victoria, Australia. Three vignettes based around emergent themes of maternal, domicile and socialising bodies help shed light on the contradictory ways gender is lived through the dynamics of alcohol consumption which help constitute everyday life in a country town.

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Waitt , G. R. & Clement, S. (2016). Women drinking alcohol: assembling a perspective from a Victorian country town, Australia. Gender, Place and Culture: a journal of feminist geography, 23 (8), 1121-1134.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84975113490

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3320&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2319

Number Of Pages


  • 13

Start Page


  • 1121

End Page


  • 1134

Volume


  • 23

Issue


  • 8

Abstract


  • Gender is a key lens for interpreting meanings and practices of drinking. In response to the overwhelming amount of social and medical alcohol studies that focus on what extent people conform to norms of healthy drinking, this article extends critical feminist geographical engagement with assemblage thinking to explore how the technologies of biopower covertly materialised as bodily habits may be preserved and challenged. We suggest an embodied engagement with alcohol to help think through the gendered practices and spatial imaginaries of rural drinking life. Our account draws on interviews with women of different cohort generations with Anglo-Celtic ancestry living in a country town in Victoria, Australia. Three vignettes based around emergent themes of maternal, domicile and socialising bodies help shed light on the contradictory ways gender is lived through the dynamics of alcohol consumption which help constitute everyday life in a country town.

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Waitt , G. R. & Clement, S. (2016). Women drinking alcohol: assembling a perspective from a Victorian country town, Australia. Gender, Place and Culture: a journal of feminist geography, 23 (8), 1121-1134.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84975113490

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3320&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2319

Number Of Pages


  • 13

Start Page


  • 1121

End Page


  • 1134

Volume


  • 23

Issue


  • 8