Sport, Alcohol, and Ritual

Catherine Palmer

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This chapter traces the key issues and debates that emerge from the relationship between sport, alcohol, and ritual. In many contexts, alcohol is used as a form of sociality, bonding, and a rite of passage across team celebrations, initiations, and similar events. While aspects of this are pleasurable, they are also problematic, indicative of and leading to a range of social concerns of relevance to the sociology of sport. The chapter outlines the tensions implicit in both the pleasures and problems that emerge from sport, alcohol, and ritual. In particular, analysis extends the typical focus on men, sport, and alcohol and examines the rituals of alcohol among women, older athletes, and athletes with disability. The chapter continues an ongoing research agenda that asks sociologists to extend our conceptual, theoretical, and empirical frameworks for thinking about sports-associated drinking.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Sport and Society
EditorsLawrence A. Wenner
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780197519042
ISBN (Print)9780197519011
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2022


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