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Young people’s safety practices when drink walking in the suburbs of Manchester, UK

Wilkinson, S and Wilkinson, C (2019) Young people’s safety practices when drink walking in the suburbs of Manchester, UK. UNWE Scientific Papers, 2019 (1). ISSN 0861-9344

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Abstract

Walking whilst intoxicated is a high-risk activity; it is thus important to en­hance understandings of young people’s experiences of walking, bound up with the consumption of alcohol. In this paper, we argue that ‘mobilities’ the­ory has potential to enhance understandings of the emotional, embodied and affective aspects of young people’s alcohol related journeys. This paper draws on innovative qualitative research, com­prising: individual and friendship group interviews and peer interviews, conducted with 40 young people, aged 15-24, living in the suburban case study locations of Chorlton and Wythenshawe, Manchester, UK. When young people’s alcohol-related mobilities have been considered, for instance in the transport studies literature, it has typically been conceptualised in a reductive manner which theorises mobility as “a product of rationally weighed deci­sions” (Spinney, 2009:820). We join a small body of work, in highlighting the emotional, embodied and affective aspects of alcohol-related mobilities. This paper presents findings around two main themes: performing walking and safety, and forced and adaptive mobilities, respectively. This paper con­cludes by recommending ways to improve the safety of young people’s walk­ing practices when on nights out involving alcohol.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Education
Publisher: UNWE
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2021 11:47
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2021 12:00
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13940

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