Holdsworth, CM and Laverty, L and Robinson, J (2017) Gender differences in teenage alcohol consumption and spatial practices. Children's Geographies. ISSN 1473-3285

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Abstract

In recent years teenagers have reported a decline in under-age drinking at the same time as their access to public space has been increasingly curtailed. In this paper we explore the spatial practices and drinking behaviours of a group of teenage girls and boys aged 13–14 years in Liverpool, UK. Our analysis considers how their use of space was bound up with experimentation with alcohol and how this varied by gender. We find in support of previous research that both boys and girls report nuanced experiences of public space, with some enjoying greater freedom while others have moved into more domestic and supervised leisure spaces in response to fears about their safety in public spaces. The boys also reported less alcohol consumption than the girls. These gendered experiences were mediated by social relationships and encounters with other young people, their parents and carers and also other adults in positions of authority.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) is available online via Taylor & Francis at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14733285.2017.1334111 - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: alcohol consumption, teenagers, public space, gender, leisure
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Geography, Geology and the Environment
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2017 11:36
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2017 11:37
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/3870

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