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

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The pleasures of drunken one-night stands : Assemblage theory and narrative environments. / Pedersen, Willy; Tutenges, Sébastien; Sandberg, Sveinung.

In: International Journal of Drug Policy, Vol. 49, 01.11.2017, p. 160-167.

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T1 - The pleasures of drunken one-night stands

T2 - Assemblage theory and narrative environments

AU - Pedersen, Willy

AU - Tutenges, Sébastien

AU - Sandberg, Sveinung

PY - 2017/11/1

Y1 - 2017/11/1

N2 - 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.

AB - 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.

KW - Alcohol

KW - Assemblage theory

KW - Casual sex

KW - Narratives

KW - Night-time economy

KW - Sexuality

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85028596920&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1016/j.drugpo.2017.08.005

DO - 10.1016/j.drugpo.2017.08.005

M3 - Article

VL - 49

SP - 160

EP - 167

JO - International Journal of Drug Policy

JF - International Journal of Drug Policy

SN - 1873-4758

ER -