By Mark Jayne

Whereas disciplines comparable to anthropology, sociology, politics, social coverage and the healthiness and clinical sciences have a practice of exploring the centrality of alcohol, ingesting and drunkenness to people's lives, geographers have in simple terms formerly addressed those themes as a peripheral situation. over the last few years, although, this view has all started to alter, sped up by means of an upsurge in curiosity in alcohol intake on the subject of political and well known debate in nations during the international. This e-book represents the 1st systematic evaluate of geographies of alcohol, ingesting and drunkenness. It asks what position alcohol, ingesting and drunkenness performs in people's lives and the way house and position are key elements of alcohol intake. It additionally examines the industrial, political, social, cultural and spatial practices and tactics which are certain up with alcohol, ingesting and drunkenness. Designed as a reference textual content, every one bankruptcy blends theoretical fabric with empirical case stories so as to examine consuming in private and non-private house, within the urban and the nation-state, in addition to targeting gender, generations, ethnicity and emotional and embodied geographies.

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This local response in the context of national debate is best explained by Yarwood (2001) who highlights how restructuring in the countryside has led to heightened levels of anxiety, often expressed as fear of crime and that ‘urban problems’ are presented as eroding rural ways of life. The historic strength of temperance organizations in Eden is also important in understanding the nature of anti-young people/anti-alcohol discourses. In preindustrial rural societies, ‘the pub’ was one of the few social spaces open to rural residents; however, the growth of Christianity alongside political and economic change ensured that these venues became the exclusive domain of men (Dean 2002).

In this section we have highlighted the way in which the relationship between alcohol consumption and rurality has been conceptualized. We have described the rich variety of work focused on a fascinating range of topics in diverse rural locations around the world. Such progress notwithstanding, there has nonetheless been a tendency for this work to be limited due to the problems with case study based research outlined in the Introduction. In the remainder of this chapter we look in detail at one issue – young people and alcohol consumption – in order to show how unpacking the similarities, differences, connectivities and mobilities between and within rural spaces and places (and in comparison to urban drinking practices) offers the opportunity for more sophisticated theoretical perspectives on drinking in the countryside to be developed.

Drinking, described by Latham as a mixing of social groups on the street, is then a collectivity that is risky risk, but in urban space drunkenness and the collectivity that is part of this, (despite the incidents of violence) is clearly attractive. Understanding and balancing these tensions is of course a challenge to policy makers. This ambiguity surrounding public space is well established by Thomas (2002) who in discussing an interesting case study from South East Asia identifies changes in the nature of public space in Hanoi, Vietnam.

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