‘Because it’s fun’: English and American girls’ counter-hegemonic stories of alcohol and marijuana use

Arnull, E. ORCID: 0000-0002-0225-5109 and Ryder, J., 2019. ‘Because it’s fun’: English and American girls’ counter-hegemonic stories of alcohol and marijuana use. Journal of Youth Studies. ISSN 1367-6261

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Abstract

Girls’ alcohol and other drug (AOD) use are depicted culturally as problematic. In this comparative, qualitative, study the voices of 59 English and American justice-involved girls give a counter-hegemonic portrayal of their alcohol and marijuana use. In their stories we see how their AOD use is pleasurable and boundaried. AOD use involves negotiated risk within the situated context of shared experience and friendship networks that heighten and promote pleasure and fun. The findings offer the opportunity to address the ‘credibility gap’ (Measham 2006) in international health promotion policy. Our aim is to promote the adoption of policy approaches that recognize the complexity of girls’ lives and draw on strategies they have devised.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Youth Studies
Creators: Arnull, E. and Ryder, J.
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 20 February 2019
ISSN: 1367-6261
Identifiers:
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10.1080/13676261.2019.1579898DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 18 Mar 2019 14:09
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2020 03:00
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/36068

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