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Female licentiousness versus male escape? : essays on intoxicating substance use, sexuality and gender / Alexandra Bogren.
Stockholm : [Royal Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities], 2006.
168 p. ; 25 cm.
Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis. Stockholm studies in sociology ; New series, 26
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The purpose of this thesis is to study cultural aspects of alcohol and drug use in Sweden, and also to some extent in other countries. In the context of changing patterns of drinking and drug use in Sweden and in the rest of the world, such studies are increasingly important. The thesis comprises four self-contained but interrelated studies. Each study, in different ways, addresses the question of cultural variation (within and between cultures) and the cultural position of intoxicating substances. Acknowledging that young people's use of intoxicating substances as well as women's and men's use of such substances are important social policy issues, each of the four studies also relates to the position of either young people of the position of gender with regard to intoxicating substance use. Study 1 investigates what it means to drink, take drugs and become intoxicated as understood from the official-organizational perspective of the FMN's (Parents Against Drugs) 2003 campaign directed towards teenagers' parents. As a contrast to the hegemonic perspective presented by the organization in Study 1, Study 2 explicitly tries to find and describe different lines of reasoning with regard to alcohol use and intoxication among young people. Study 3 investigates the link - so commonly referred to in the Western world - between drinking, drug use and intoxication, on the one hand, and sexuality and gender, on the other. Study 3 further tries to grasp why women who drink are considered bad both because they violate the norms of feminine appearance and because they are perceived as sexually promiscuous and "available". Study 4 focuses on cultural variation in the intoxication - sexuality link. It uses cross-country comparisons and multiple regression analysis of data from 11 countries within and outside the West to examine the lik between positive expectancies about the effects of drinking on sexual feelings, on the one hand, and drinking, on the other.
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