College Alcohol Use and the Embodiment of Hegemonic Masculinity among European American Men

College Alcohol Use and the Embodiment of Hegemonic Masculinity among European American Men This article concerns alcohol use as it pertains to the construction of White masculinity through an analysis of students’ accounts. Seventy-eight face-to-face interviews were conducted with volunteer female and male, African American, European American, heterosexual and homosexual students at a mid-sized university. Results suggest that the meaning of public drinking is to express a form of masculinity. In students’ gendered descriptions of their own and peers’ drinking behavior, alcohol use among White men was found to symbolize the embodiment of hegemonic masculinity. Masculinities were constructed via drinking stories, the body’s ability to tolerate alcohol, and the relevance of drinking too little or not at all, which symbolized weakness, homosexuality, or femininity. Implications for social policy and future research are discussed. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sex Roles Springer Journals

College Alcohol Use and the Embodiment of Hegemonic Masculinity among European American Men

Sex Roles , Volume 56 (12) – May 19, 2007
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Publisher
Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 2007 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Subject
Psychology; Gender Studies; Sociology, general; Medicine/Public Health, general
ISSN
0360-0025
eISSN
1573-2762
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11199-007-9233-1
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Abstract

This article concerns alcohol use as it pertains to the construction of White masculinity through an analysis of students’ accounts. Seventy-eight face-to-face interviews were conducted with volunteer female and male, African American, European American, heterosexual and homosexual students at a mid-sized university. Results suggest that the meaning of public drinking is to express a form of masculinity. In students’ gendered descriptions of their own and peers’ drinking behavior, alcohol use among White men was found to symbolize the embodiment of hegemonic masculinity. Masculinities were constructed via drinking stories, the body’s ability to tolerate alcohol, and the relevance of drinking too little or not at all, which symbolized weakness, homosexuality, or femininity. Implications for social policy and future research are discussed.

Journal

Sex RolesSpringer Journals

Published: May 19, 2007

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