Thursday, 27 February 2014
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
Instead, given that I've been thinking about the history of alcohol policy a lot lately, I thought I'd post an academc piece I wrote on a quiet afternoon at work 3 years ago, and so far haven't found a home for. It's a bit short to be a proper social policy academic article, but I haven't had the time or inclination to work it up into something more significant. If anyone has any comments or thoughts, I'd love to hear them.
“They’re buggering off with the bloody port-wine!” Binge drinking as a 21st-century phenomenon
Here are some fun sections from The Pub and the People - I assume I'm not in breach of copyright by posting them, but let me know if so. Do go and buy the book - it's not expensive and it's entertaining and informative: http://www.faber.co.uk/catalog/the-pub-and-the-people/9780571250950
Thursday, 20 February 2014
Just to clarify, I'm not suggesting here that I support the idea of wellbeing in tourism, or that I think Bournemouth should go down this route as a way of 'selling' itself as a resort. In fact, I've written an academic paper somewhat criticising the aspiration of 'civilising' the town that local members seem to have.
I'm more interested in the ways that pubs could be mobilised to support what is sometimes seen as a neo-temperance approach to pleasure and tourism - and how nineteenth century temperance and respectability has perhaps made that idea more difficult in Bournemouth.