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ERIC Number: ED426427
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov-21
Pages: 30
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The Construction of Collegiate Binge Drinking as a Social Problem in America.
Workman, Thomas A.
The drinking behaviors of college students have gained national attention over the past several years. Deemed by public health researchers as "binge drinking," the issue has created a distinct set of texts under the "public health" frame of discourse that ultimately guides public policy. Using J.R. Gusfield's (1996) theory of the construction of "social problems," this paper explores the metaphors found in the discourse surrounding binge drinking on college campuses. The paper then discusses the implications of constructing the social problem of binge drinking under a pathological model. The competing constructions of alcohol consumption that inform public policy are compared with historical and current narratives. A critique of the discourse as representative of the public health movement's impact on culture, along with an agenda for continued cultural research, is provided. Contains 31 references. (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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