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Drinking stories as a narrative genre : The five classic themes

Sandberg, Sveinung; Tutenges, Sébastien LU and Pedersen, Willy (2019) In Acta Sociologica (United Kingdom)
Abstract

Drinking stories feature widely in Western societies. Many people eagerly share their stories in the aftermath of drinking events. These stories are also common in books, movies, music and the media. Based on qualitative interviews with 104 young Norwegian heavy episodic drinkers, the article seeks to establish drinking stories as a distinct narrative genre. We argue that this narrative genre of drinking stories comes from an oral storytelling tradition which uses transgressions to trigger interest, entertain, and challenge commonly held views. These transgressions typically come in the form of playful violations of conventions and common sense and tend to centre around five classic themes: sex, bodily harm, bodily fluids, lawbreaking... (More)

Drinking stories feature widely in Western societies. Many people eagerly share their stories in the aftermath of drinking events. These stories are also common in books, movies, music and the media. Based on qualitative interviews with 104 young Norwegian heavy episodic drinkers, the article seeks to establish drinking stories as a distinct narrative genre. We argue that this narrative genre of drinking stories comes from an oral storytelling tradition which uses transgressions to trigger interest, entertain, and challenge commonly held views. These transgressions typically come in the form of playful violations of conventions and common sense and tend to centre around five classic themes: sex, bodily harm, bodily fluids, lawbreaking and pranks. While often dismissed as trivial, vulgar and of little literary value, drinking stories are highly valued by many people and have significant consequences for how people experience drinking and behave while being drunk.

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alcohol, drinking story, genre, narrative analysis, narrative criminology, transgression
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Acta Sociologica (United Kingdom)
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SAGE Publications Inc.
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0001-6993
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10.1177/0001699319833142
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  author       = {Sandberg, Sveinung and Tutenges, Sébastien and Pedersen, Willy},
  issn         = {0001-6993},
  keyword      = {alcohol,drinking story,genre,narrative analysis,narrative criminology,transgression},
  language     = {eng},
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  publisher    = {SAGE Publications Inc.},
  series       = {Acta Sociologica (United Kingdom)},
  title        = {Drinking stories as a narrative genre : The five classic themes},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0001699319833142},
  year         = {2019},
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