Drinking stories as a narrative genre: The five classic themes

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Drinking stories as a narrative genre : The five classic themes. / Sandberg, Sveinung; Tutenges, Sébastien; Pedersen, Willy.

In: Acta Sociologica, Vol. 62, No. 4, 01.11.2019, p. 406-419.

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Sandberg, Sveinung ; Tutenges, Sébastien ; Pedersen, Willy. / Drinking stories as a narrative genre : The five classic themes. In: Acta Sociologica. 2019 ; Vol. 62, No. 4. pp. 406-419.

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TY - JOUR

T1 - Drinking stories as a narrative genre

T2 - The five classic themes

AU - Sandberg, Sveinung

AU - Tutenges, Sébastien

AU - Pedersen, Willy

PY - 2019/11/1

Y1 - 2019/11/1

N2 - Drinking stories feature widely in Western societies. Many people eagerly share their stories in the aftermath of drinking events. These stories are also common in books, movies, music and the media. Based on qualitative interviews with 104 young Norwegian heavy episodic drinkers, the article seeks to establish drinking stories as a distinct narrative genre. We argue that this narrative genre of drinking stories comes from an oral storytelling tradition which uses transgressions to trigger interest, entertain, and challenge commonly held views. These transgressions typically come in the form of playful violations of conventions and common sense and tend to centre around five classic themes: sex, bodily harm, bodily fluids, lawbreaking and pranks. While often dismissed as trivial, vulgar and of little literary value, drinking stories are highly valued by many people and have significant consequences for how people experience drinking and behave while being drunk.

AB - Drinking stories feature widely in Western societies. Many people eagerly share their stories in the aftermath of drinking events. These stories are also common in books, movies, music and the media. Based on qualitative interviews with 104 young Norwegian heavy episodic drinkers, the article seeks to establish drinking stories as a distinct narrative genre. We argue that this narrative genre of drinking stories comes from an oral storytelling tradition which uses transgressions to trigger interest, entertain, and challenge commonly held views. These transgressions typically come in the form of playful violations of conventions and common sense and tend to centre around five classic themes: sex, bodily harm, bodily fluids, lawbreaking and pranks. While often dismissed as trivial, vulgar and of little literary value, drinking stories are highly valued by many people and have significant consequences for how people experience drinking and behave while being drunk.

KW - alcohol

KW - drinking story

KW - genre

KW - narrative analysis

KW - narrative criminology

KW - transgression

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85063336365&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1177/0001699319833142

DO - 10.1177/0001699319833142

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:85063336365

VL - 62

SP - 406

EP - 419

JO - Acta Sociologica

JF - Acta Sociologica

SN - 0001-6993

IS - 4

ER -