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Petersen, M. A., Bogren, A. & Hunt, G. (2023). Ambiguous Encounters: Young Women’s Expectations and Experiences with Intoxicated Sexual Relations in Danish Nightlife. Young - Nordic Journal of Youth Research, 31(5), 175-183
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ambiguous Encounters: Young Women’s Expectations and Experiences with Intoxicated Sexual Relations in Danish Nightlife
2023 (English)In: Young - Nordic Journal of Youth Research, ISSN 1103-3088, E-ISSN 1741-3222, Vol. 31, no 5, p. 175-183Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article is based on 28 in-depth interviews with young women (18–25) about their experiences with intoxicated sexual encounters in Danish nightlife. Little research has examined the role intoxication plays in the processes of consensual and non-consensual sex. Using theories of intoxication and sexual scripts, this article focuses on how alcohol is used and perceived by these young women as a potential way of modifying behaviours and norms in their sexual encounters; how they characterize sexual consent and how they navigate intoxicated behaviour that can result in inappropriate, transgressive or victimizing situations. While the women talk about pleasurable and regrettable experiences, many described situations took on a much more ambiguous, fluid and nuanced role. The study points to the lack of knowledge on how ambiguity may play an active role in managing processes of sexual consent in intoxicated settings, especially for the youngest age groups. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2023
Keywords
gender, Intoxication, nightlife, sexual encounters, young people
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-52410 (URN)10.1177/11033088231179550 (DOI)001069117500001 ()38250707 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85171773193 (Scopus ID)
Projects
Helsefonden grant number 20-B-0410
Available from: 2023-10-02 Created: 2023-10-02 Last updated: 2024-01-23Bibliographically approved
Bogren, A., Hunt, G. & Petersen, M. A. (2023). Rethinking intoxicated sexual encounters. Drugs: education prevention and policy, 30(1), 31-41
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Rethinking intoxicated sexual encounters
2023 (English)In: Drugs: education prevention and policy, ISSN 0968-7637, E-ISSN 1465-3370, Vol. 30, no 1, p. 31-41Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Social research on alcohol and sexual encounters has tended to be siloed into several different research endeavors, each addressing separate aspects of wanted and unwanted sexual encounters. While sociologists have focused on the patterns of social interaction, status competition, and emotional hierarchies of sexual encounters, they have left the role of alcohol intoxication largely unexamined. Conversely, the two dominant approaches to sexual encounters within alcohol research, the theories of alcohol myopia and alcohol expectancy, while focusing on alcohol have tended to take little account of the socio-relational dynamics and gendered meanings involved in those encounters. Our aim in this theoretical paper is to begin to bring together some of the concepts from these different research strands in examining how the social processes of intoxication potentially impact heteronormative sexual scripts and hence notions of femininity and masculinity among cisgender, heterosexual women and men. Our discussion is focused on the concepts of ritual and scripts; power, status, and hierarchies; and socio-spatial contexts, which are central to an understanding of the gendered and embodied social practices that take place within intoxicated sexual events; the emotional nature of the socio-spatial contexts within which they occur; and the socio-structural conditions that frame these events.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2023
Keywords
Intoxication, gender, sexual encounters, sexual scripts, alcohol
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-48712 (URN)10.1080/09687637.2022.2055446 (DOI)000773149900001 ()37065682 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85127255395 (Scopus ID)
Note

The present research was financially supported by Helsefonden, Brottsofferfonden

Available from: 2022-04-07 Created: 2022-04-07 Last updated: 2023-04-18Bibliographically approved
Petersen, M. A., Hector Borup, S., Bogren, A., Schrøder, S. & Hunt, G. (2023). Seksuelle grænser i nattelivet. In: K.R. Thomsen; K. Bloomfield; B. Bjerge; L. Vallentin-Holbech (Ed.), Alkohol - en del af dansk kultur på godt og på ondt: . Århus: Aarhus Universitetsforlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Seksuelle grænser i nattelivet
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2023 (Danish)In: Alkohol - en del af dansk kultur på godt og på ondt / [ed] K.R. Thomsen; K. Bloomfield; B. Bjerge; L. Vallentin-Holbech, Århus: Aarhus Universitetsforlag, 2023Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Århus: Aarhus Universitetsforlag, 2023
Series
Samfund og rusmidler ; 8
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-50512 (URN)9788772196039 (ISBN)
Funder
The Swedish Crime Victim Compensation and Support Authority, 03321/2021
Available from: 2023-01-05 Created: 2023-01-05 Last updated: 2023-01-26Bibliographically approved
Hunt, G., Sanders, E., Petersen, M. A. & Bogren, A. (2022). “Blurring the Line”: Intoxication, Gender, Consent, and Sexual Encounters Among Young Adults. Contemporary Drug Problems, 9(1), 84-105
Open this publication in new window or tab >>“Blurring the Line”: Intoxication, Gender, Consent, and Sexual Encounters Among Young Adults
2022 (English)In: Contemporary Drug Problems, ISSN 0091-4509, E-ISSN 2163-1808, Vol. 9, no 1, p. 84-105Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Social concern about sexual practices and sexual consent among young adults has increased significantly in recent years, and intoxication has often played a key role in such debates. While many studies have long suggested that alcohol plays a role in facilitating (casual) sexual encounters, intoxication has largely either been conceptualized as a risk factor, or researchers have focused on the pharmacological effects of alcohol on behaviors associated with sexual interaction and consent. To date little work has explored how young adults define and negotiate acceptable and unacceptable levels of intoxication during sexual encounters, nor the ways in which different levels of intoxication influence gendered sexual scripts and meanings of consent. This paper explores the latter two research questions using data from 145 in-depth, qualitative interviews with cisgender, heterosexual young adults ages 18–25 in the San Francisco Bay Area. In examining these interview data, by exploring the relationship between intoxication and sexual consent, and the ways in which gender plays out in notions of acceptable and unacceptable intoxicated sexual encounters, we highlight how different levels of intoxication signal different sexual scripts. Narratives about sexual encounters at low levels of intoxication highlighted the role of intoxication in achieving sexual sociability, but they also relied on the notion that intoxicated consent was dependent on the social relationship between the partners outside drinking contexts. Narratives about sexual encounters in heavy drinking situations were more explicitly gendered, often in keeping with traditionally gendered sexual scripts. In general we found that when men discussed their own levels of intoxication, their narratives were more focused on sexual performance and low status sex partners, while women’s and some men’s narratives about women’s levels of intoxication were focused on women’s consent, safety, and respectability. Finally, some participants rely on “consent as a contract” and “intoxication parity”—the idea that potential sexual partners should be equally intoxicated—to handle relations of power in interpersonal sexual scripts. Since these notions are sometimes deployed strategically, we suggest that they may serve to “black-box” gendered inequalities in power between the parties involved.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2022
Keywords
gender, intoxication, sexual consent, sexual encounters, sexual scripts, young adults
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-47755 (URN)10.1177/00914509211058900 (DOI)001117847900005 ()36092964 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85119843829 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2021-12-09 Created: 2021-12-09 Last updated: 2024-01-08Bibliographically approved
Bogren, A. & Castillo, D. (2022). De perfekta byråkraterna: tillit, misstro och ny teknologi i offentlig sektor. In: Anders Ivarsson Westerberg; Bengt Jacobsson (Ed.), Förvaltningen i samhället: (pp. 153-164). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>De perfekta byråkraterna: tillit, misstro och ny teknologi i offentlig sektor
2022 (Swedish)In: Förvaltningen i samhället / [ed] Anders Ivarsson Westerberg; Bengt Jacobsson, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2022, p. 153-164Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2022
National Category
Public Administration Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-50285 (URN)9789144165431 (ISBN)
Available from: 2022-11-29 Created: 2022-11-29 Last updated: 2022-11-29Bibliographically approved
Bogren, A. (2022). Sexualitet (3ed.). In: Christofer Edling; Fredrik Liljeros (Ed.), Ett delat samhälle: Makt, intersektionalitet och social skiktning (pp. 124-151). Stockholm: Liber
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Sexualitet
2022 (Swedish)In: Ett delat samhälle: Makt, intersektionalitet och social skiktning / [ed] Christofer Edling; Fredrik Liljeros, Stockholm: Liber, 2022, 3, p. 124-151Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Liber, 2022 Edition: 3
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-50379 (URN)978-91-47-14343-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2022-12-15 Created: 2022-12-15 Last updated: 2022-12-15Bibliographically approved
Bogren, A. (2022). Övervakningskapitalismen. Vid maktens nya frontlinjer [Review]. Sociologisk forskning, 59(1-2), 215-218
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Övervakningskapitalismen. Vid maktens nya frontlinjer
2022 (English)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, E-ISSN 2002-066X, Vol. 59, no 1-2, p. 215-218Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Keywords
övervakning, Zuboff
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-49615 (URN)10.37062/sf.59.24249 (DOI)000821839600001 ()2-s2.0-85134644951 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2022-07-21 Created: 2022-07-21 Last updated: 2023-01-10Bibliographically approved
Jukkala, T., Ferlander, S., Bogren, A. & Ejigu, A. (2021). Det sociala kapitalets rumslighet: En studie om kvinnors upplevelser av mötesplatser i Flemingsberg (1ed.). In: Malin Gawell; Apostolis Papakostas (Ed.), Att göra stad i Stockholms urbana periferi: (pp. 231-260). Stockholm: Stockholmia förlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Det sociala kapitalets rumslighet: En studie om kvinnors upplevelser av mötesplatser i Flemingsberg
2021 (Swedish)In: Att göra stad i Stockholms urbana periferi / [ed] Malin Gawell; Apostolis Papakostas, Stockholm: Stockholmia förlag, 2021, 1, p. 231-260Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Stockholmia förlag, 2021 Edition: 1
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-44544 (URN)9789170313301 (ISBN)
Funder
Knowledge FoundationSwedish Research Council, 2018-02173
Available from: 2021-03-16 Created: 2021-03-16 Last updated: 2022-01-12Bibliographically approved
Bogren, A. (2020). ‘I don't think there are great sex differences there’: Processes of discursive bridging and othering in a discussion of gendered norms related to alcohol, sexual behaviour, and aggression. International journal of drug policy, 81, Article ID 102599.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>‘I don't think there are great sex differences there’: Processes of discursive bridging and othering in a discussion of gendered norms related to alcohol, sexual behaviour, and aggression
2020 (English)In: International journal of drug policy, ISSN 0955-3959, E-ISSN 1873-4758, Vol. 81, article id 102599Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Existing research indicates that sexual behaviour and aggression are particularly important to the reproduction of gendered drinking norms, both in the media and in face-to-face interaction. However, research has yet to understand in more detail the discursive processes whereby actors negotiate gendered norms related to alcohol, sexual behaviour, and aggression. This article examines how actors make symbolic distinctions between themselves and others in discussing alcohol, aggression, and sexual desire, and analyses the similarities and differences within and across gender that they identify in this process. Methods: The study relies on individual qualitative interviews with 25 Swedish women and men. To elicit participants’ normative positions, we used a newspaper article as a probe during the interviews. Results: Findings show that participants highlight similarities between women and men, and variation and individual differences among men and among women in discussing alcohol's effects on sexual desire and ‘sexually active behaviour’. Differences, by contrast, are most salient when they discuss alcohol and aggression and seek to distance themselves from ‘shabby bar men’, rural men, and male football hooligans who drink and fight, outgroups that are marked as working-class in the participants’ narratives. Conclusion: Two general discursive patterns were identified: discursive bridging across gender and discursive othering across class. For the participants, drinking norms are not as much about general gender differences as they are about the ‘dysfunctional’ drinking of certain groups of working-class men. These findings contribute to a more specific understanding of the reconstitution of gender boundaries in relation to drinking norms.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2020
Keywords
Bridging, Drinking norms, Gender, Media, Othering, Symbolic boundaries
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-39572 (URN)10.1016/j.drugpo.2019.11.007 (DOI)000542653100006 ()31735540 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85075523468 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2010-0989Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2012-0691
Available from: 2019-12-11 Created: 2019-12-11 Last updated: 2021-07-06Bibliographically approved
Bogren, A. (2019). ‘But I’m not a doctor’: pending trust in science among laypeople discussing the brain disease model of addiction. Addiction Research and Theory, 27(4), 337-346
Open this publication in new window or tab >>‘But I’m not a doctor’: pending trust in science among laypeople discussing the brain disease model of addiction
2019 (English)In: Addiction Research and Theory, ISSN 1606-6359, E-ISSN 1476-7392, Vol. 27, no 4, p. 337-346Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aim: In recent decades, the notion of addiction as a brain disease has become influential among scientists, public institutions, and addiction treatment professionals, and its popularity raises the question of how biomedical science affects public perceptions of illness. Although existing research has examined how laypeople interpret disease models of addiction, few studies address how they interpret the brain disease model as presented by the media, the version that most citizens are likely to encounter in their everyday lives. This article contributes to existing research by examining Swedish laypeople’s interpretations of a news article presenting biomedical research on addiction and analyzing how trust intervenes in their interpretations. Methods: Drawing on an audience study design with qualitative interviews, the participants were asked to read and discuss a newspaper article that explained how alcohol, amphetamine, and nicotine affect the brain. Results: The analysis shows that their interpretations depended on how they perceived their own ability to assess the science portrayed in the article. The participants trust doctors and scientists but doubt their own ability to assess the science, and trust is therefore provisional or pending until this situation changes. In addition, trust requires that the participants are able to recognize and identify with the contents of the news article. Conclusion: This pattern can be understood as a way of dealing with the contradictory expectations laypeople face–they are expected to trust scientific knowledge and to evaluate knowledge claims rationally, but they do not have access to the knowledge that would, supposedly, enable them to do so.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2019
Keywords
Addiction, alcohol, knowledge, media, qualitative interviews, trust
National Category
Sociology Media and Communications
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-38120 (URN)10.1080/16066359.2018.1524880 (DOI)000467901700001 ()2-s2.0-85063971653 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-05-09 Created: 2019-05-09 Last updated: 2020-03-23Bibliographically approved
Projects
Camera surveillance and violence: The role of camera surveillance among occupations exposed to workplace violence [2019-01342_Forte]; Södertörn UniversityCamera surveillance and violence: A study of camera surveillance among occupations exposed to workplace violence [2019-03014_VR]; Södertörn University
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ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-0136-1962

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