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The pleasures of drunken one-night stands : Assemblage theory and narrative environments

Pedersen, Willy ; Tutenges, Sébastien LU and Sandberg, Sveinung (2017) In International Journal of Drug Policy 49. p.160-167
Abstract

Background In this study, we use assemblage theory to investigate the link between alcohol use and one-night stands. Methods The data come from qualitative interviews conducted with 104 young participants in the night-time economy. Results We show that: (i) alcohol-fuelled sexual explorations (e.g. erotic fantasizing, flirting and sex) are of paramount importance for young partygoers; (ii) sexualized territories (e.g. private parties, rural feasts and the backseat of cars) significantly shape the experience and performance of one-night stands; and (iii) contrary to previous research, one-night stands are to a large degree associated with pleasure—the immediate pleasure of having sex and the long-term pleasure of telling about it to... (More)

Background In this study, we use assemblage theory to investigate the link between alcohol use and one-night stands. Methods The data come from qualitative interviews conducted with 104 young participants in the night-time economy. Results We show that: (i) alcohol-fuelled sexual explorations (e.g. erotic fantasizing, flirting and sex) are of paramount importance for young partygoers; (ii) sexualized territories (e.g. private parties, rural feasts and the backseat of cars) significantly shape the experience and performance of one-night stands; and (iii) contrary to previous research, one-night stands are to a large degree associated with pleasure—the immediate pleasure of having sex and the long-term pleasure of telling about it to others. Conclusion We argue that drunken one-night stands are part and parcel of a drinking culture that places high value on sexual encounters and personal sex stories.

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Alcohol, Assemblage theory, Casual sex, Narratives, Night-time economy, Sexuality
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International Journal of Drug Policy
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49
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8 pages
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Elsevier
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0955-3959
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10.1016/j.drugpo.2017.08.005
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English
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  month        = {11},
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  series       = {International Journal of Drug Policy},
  title        = {The pleasures of drunken one-night stands : Assemblage theory and narrative environments},
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  doi          = {10.1016/j.drugpo.2017.08.005},
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