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Youth Marginality in BritainContemporary Studies of Austerity$
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Shane Blackman and Ruth Rogers

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447330523

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447330523.001.0001

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‘Binge’ drinking devils and moral marginality: young people’s calculated hedonism in the Canterbury night-time economy

‘Binge’ drinking devils and moral marginality: young people’s calculated hedonism in the Canterbury night-time economy

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(p.239) Fifteen ‘Binge’ drinking devils and moral marginality: young people’s calculated hedonism in the Canterbury night-time economy
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Youth Marginality in Britain
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Robert McPherson

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447330523.003.0016

Robert McPherson presents data from an ethnographic study focused upon young people within the Canterbury night-time economy. He gained access and subsequent immersion into groups of different groups of marginalised young people’s leisure practices. He critically examines the media construction as of ‘binge’ alcohol consumption, and how negative media representations produced what he describes as a discriminatory moral marginality impacting on young people in the UK. His data suggest that young people intentionally manage their levels of intoxication to counter moral marginality, which incorporate aspects of risk, agency and resistance.

Keywords:   Youth Marginality, Alcohol, Ethnography, Media, Resistance, Leisure, Risk, Night-Time Economy

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