Alcohol, Drinking, Drunkenness: (Dis)Orderly Spaces by Mark Jayne

By Mark Jayne

Whereas disciplines similar to anthropology, sociology, politics, social coverage and the healthiness and clinical sciences have a convention of exploring the centrality of alcohol, consuming and drunkenness to people's lives, geographers have merely formerly addressed those issues as a peripheral drawback. during the last few years, besides the fact that, this view has began to alter, sped up by means of an upsurge in curiosity in alcohol intake on the subject of political and renowned debate in international locations through the global. This booklet represents the 1st systematic evaluation of geographies of alcohol, consuming and drunkenness. It asks what function alcohol, consuming and drunkenness performs in people's lives and the way house and position are key materials of alcohol intake. It additionally examines the commercial, political, social, cultural and spatial practices and approaches which are certain up with alcohol, ingesting and drunkenness. Designed as a reference textual content, each one bankruptcy blends theoretical fabric with empirical case reviews in an effort to examine ingesting in private and non-private area, within the urban and the nation-state, in addition to concentrating on gender, generations, ethnicity and emotional and embodied geographies.

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Indeed, a cursory review of the proportion of crime involving alcohol as a mediating factor shows high levels of drink related crime in The Potteries. Such figures reflect broader trends within the UK. Out of 354 local authority areas in the UK Stoke-on-Trent is ranked in the top 10 per cent for alcohol related recorded crime and alcohol related violent offences (North West Public Health Observatory, Local Alcohol Profiles for England, 2006). However, both political and popular debate has thrown up some interesting contradictions that we seek to investigate here – in simple terms – if the streets are plagued with anti-social behaviour and violence why do so many people regularly spend their leisure time drinking in public places?

Thus, The City 23 while drinkatainment is founded on an ‘entertainment experience economy [that] themes excitement and enjoyment, [this then also comes under siege from] the presence of drunken crowds … [and which] (re)constitutes the space as one that is controlled decontrol threatening to get out of hand’ (Bell and Binnie 2005, 28). Similarly, the presence of pavement side café bar and restaurant tables and chairs and, ‘homeless people supping cheap cans of larger or just sitting in the sun’, is also an example of social mixing and the co-presence of different groups (Bell and Binnie 2005, 29).

She argues that an emerging bustling street life has further destabilized state control and struggle for meaning in public space. It is in this context that Thomas shows how public spaces are attracting large numbers of people for supposedly non-political activities, but which are being labelled as transgressive and condemned by the state. The consumption of alcohol, young people racing motorbikes, religious meetings, football crowds, and outpourings of grief during the funeral processions of national pop stars are just some of the ways in which behaviour in public space is causing political concern (Thomas 2002).

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