Call for papers themed collection: “Gendered perspectives on young adults’ alcohol intoxication”

Call for papers themed collection: “Gendered perspectives on young adults’ alcohol intoxication”

The International Journal of Drug Policy has published a Call for papers for their special issue, and invites both theoretical and empirically-based papers that seek to understand, describe, and discuss “state of the art” contemporary approaches on young adults, gender and alcohol intoxication.

Young adults’ alcohol consumption – especially their excessive consumption – has been publicly debated and researched to a great extent the past decades. Focus has been on young adults’ search for pleasure and excitement, with new concepts arising such as ‘new cul-tures of intoxication’, ‘calculated hedonism’, and ‘controlled loss of control’, but also on young adults’ heavy drinking as a threat to public order and safety and associated with public health problems, as for example injuries or violence related to drunkenness.

An increased attention to gender has developed in the vein of this interest in young adults’ heavy drinking. It has been argued that the mainstream nightlife cater to certain forms of gendered expressions in which heterosexual encounters are favored and hyper-masculine and hyper-feminine gender expressions are dominant. Venturing into the nightlife thus implies that young people enter a space of particular forms of masculinity and femininity. However, while feminist researchers have contributed tremendously to foregrounding both women and gender within the alcohol and other drugs research field in general – emphasizing young people’s agency and substance use, highlighting notions of gendered power, and lo-cating drinking and intoxication behaviors within a wider analysis of the contemporary social and gendered position of young people – sig-nificant gaps still exist within the field.

Research still tends to under-estimate the complexity and diversity of gender in the lives of young people today and the relationships be-tween these aspects and drinking and intoxication. As a result, the mainstream alcohol research field remains limited in the extent to which it investigates the boundaries of gender by exploring gender roles, performances, and culturally constructed femininities and mas-culinities which shape and is shaped by alcohol consumption and in-toxication for all young people.

Although contemporary social science research on young people in general is beginning to take account of intersectional identities and increasingly challenging an emphasis on essentialist notions of gender, the fields of alcohol and drug research appear, with some important exceptions (e.g. Griffin, Szmigin, Bengry-Howell, Hackley & Mistral, 2013, Hunt & Antin 2017), still somewhat impervious to these devel-opments.

Understanding the processes and pathways of gender expressions and performances among young adults among different social classes, different ethnicities, different sexualities, and different genders, in various social contexts has critically important implications for under-standing alcohol and drug consumption, drinking and drug using practices and intoxication.

Pursuing such discussions and reflections, this special issue invites both theoretical and empirically-based papers that seek to understand, describe, and discuss “state of the art” contemporary approaches on young adults, gender and alcohol intoxication. In so doing, our aim in this special issue is not only to document contemporary research but also to point towards future research perspectives.

Deadline for submitting a research paper for this special issue is February 28th 2019.

If you have any questions please send an email to: Vibeke Frank (vaf.crf@psy.au.dk). It is also possible to submit a commentary, a viewpoint or one of the other options that International Journal of Drug Policy offer. More information for authors and the journal’s style guide available here.