Drawing together international research from the fields of geography, alcohol studies, sociology, psychology and childhood studies, Jayne and Valentine explore children’s understandings and experiences of alcohol consumption and the role of alcohol in family life. Chapters address both extra-familial ’norms’ about parenting and drinking cultures which are generated in wider society (through law/regulation, media/advertising and social networks etc.) and intra-familial ’norms’, including the modelling behaviour of family members’, attitudes to alcohol, drinking habits and practices, rules and guidance, and initiating children to drinking. Based on empirical research undertaken in the UK, and drawing on studies from around the world, Childhood, Family, Alcohol advances theoretical debates and offers insights relevant to policy and practice by: Â· adopting a cross-generational perspective on drinking cultures Â· exploring pre-teen children’s understandings of alcohol Â· focusing on the significance of the spaces of everyday family life Â· considering adult alcohol consumption, drinking practices and drunken performativities Â· reflecting on social/individualized consumption, social reproduction, adult-children interaction and materialities Â· showing the importance of non-(and more-than) representational understanding of the complexities of childhood, family life and alcohol consumption.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction; Attitudes and practices; Rules and guidance; ‘Drinking is for grown ups’; ‘Do as I say, or do as I do?’; Conclusions; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.
’This lucid, engaging text provides a much-needed insight into drinking cultures and practices in families with younger children. Based upon an impressive programme of research, its key contribution is to demonstrate how alcohol is signified, articulated and felt, both within and beyond the confines of the family. The book should initiate a step-change in scholarship on childhood, families and alcohol, whilst providing clear recommendations for policy-makers working in this arena.’ Peter Kraftl, University of Birmingham, UK ’Jayne and Valentine’s new book represents the cutting edge of research on alcohol studies. It is an excellent addition to a burgeoning area of research. The range and focus of the work is impressive and represents essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the complex worlds of children, families and alcohol.’ Michael Leyshon, University of Exeter, UK