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Title: 'Yobs' and 'Snobs': Embodying drink and the problematic male drinking body
Authors: Thurnell-Read, Thomas
Keywords: Alcohol
Drunkenness
Embodiment
Masculinity
Media Representations
Real Ale
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: © The Author. Published by Sage
Citation: THURNELL-READ, T., 2013. 'Yobs' and 'Snobs': Embodying drink and the problematic male drinking body. Sociological Research Online, 18(2): 3.
Abstract: The cultural linkages between the drinking of alcohol and the assertion of masculinity have been well explored. In particular, drinking alcohol is still assumed to be a site where masculinity can be tested and proved. However, equally, drinking can be seen to undermine and discredit the male body. Further, older men's drinking practices are commonly overlooked. Through exploring two examples of cultural stereotypes relating to male drinking bodies, the lager lout and the real ale enthusiast, the article argues that persistent cultural assumptions about the appropriate way to embody masculinity. Both the lager lout and the bearded ale snob represent two alternative discourses of how alcohol undermines the bounded male body. Both cases exhibit a lack of control and restraint which is assumed to be desired of masculine bodies and, therefore, both become problematic and subject to social sanctions and cultural policing in the form of negative caricatured depictions. Finally, it is suggested that such stereotypes offer vivid examples of problematic male drinking bodies from which other embodiments can be normalised. © Sociological Research Online.
Description: This paper is in closed access.
Version: Published
DOI: 10.5153/sro.3000
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/21452
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.5153/sro.3000
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