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Women's intoxication as ‘dual licentiousness’: An exploration of gendered images of drinking and intoxication in Sweden
Stockholms universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0136-1962
2008 (English)In: Addiction Research and Theory, ISSN 1606-6359, E-ISSN 1476-7392, Vol. 16, no 1, 95-106 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, it is suggested that an important cultural image of intoxication in some Western societies appears to be 'intoxication as ecstasy', intoxication as escape from the everyday into a 'wild' and 'natural' state. The purpose of this article is to discuss this cultural image and its link to gendered ideas about sexuality and, on the basis of this discussion, to develop a hypothesis for further testing. The hypothesis developed proposes that women - via the cultural linking of their sexuality to biological processes of reproduction - are placed closer to nature than men. This makes women's drinking and intoxication seem more dangerous than men's, because drinking and intoxication would seem to make women come even closer to nature. It is suggested that women's 'dual licentiousness' threatens the distinction between nature and culture.

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2008. Vol. 16, no 1, 95-106 p.
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intoxication; sexuality; escape; ecstasy; nature-culture; gender
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-33768DOI: 10.1080/16066350701668895ISI: 000253947200008Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-38349164139OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-33768DiVA: diva2:1160958
Available from: 2017-11-28 Created: 2017-11-28 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved

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