The pleasures of drunken one-night stands: Assemblage theory and narrative environments

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title = "The pleasures of drunken one-night stands: Assemblage theory and narrative environments",
abstract = "Background In this study, we use assemblage theory to investigate the link between alcohol use and one-night stands. Methods The data come from qualitative interviews conducted with 104 young participants in the night-time economy. Results We show that: (i) alcohol-fuelled sexual explorations (e.g. erotic fantasizing, flirting and sex) are of paramount importance for young partygoers; (ii) sexualized territories (e.g. private parties, rural feasts and the backseat of cars) significantly shape the experience and performance of one-night stands; and (iii) contrary to previous research, one-night stands are to a large degree associated with pleasure—the immediate pleasure of having sex and the long-term pleasure of telling about it to others. Conclusion We argue that drunken one-night stands are part and parcel of a drinking culture that places high value on sexual encounters and personal sex stories.",
keywords = "Alcohol, Assemblage theory, Casual sex, Narratives, Night-time economy, Sexuality",
author = "Willy Pedersen and S{\'e}bastien Tutenges and Sveinung Sandberg",
year = "2017",
month = "11",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1016/j.drugpo.2017.08.005",
language = "English",
volume = "49",
pages = "160--167",
journal = "International Journal of Drug Policy",
issn = "1873-4758",
publisher = "Elsevier",