Moral Panics or the Politics of Pleasure? Alcohol and Policy Directions in Tourism, Leisure and Events
Guest Editor: Karl Spracklen, Leeds Metropolitan University
The consumption of alcohol in tourism, leisure and events spaces and activities is taken for granted in many regions of the world. In certain spaces in the same regions, or in other regions, the consumption of alcohol is banned, limited by policies of control and exclusion, or problematized as something to be discouraged through changing policy interventions. Alcohol consumption and leisure lives have become a strange paradox in national and global policy arena: sports governing bodies refuse sponsorship from alcohol companies while sports clubs encourage social drinking; Gulf countries ban alcohol except where they sell it to tourists; Government ministers criticise binge-drinking and stir up moral panics about their citizens’ poor health and behaviour; while tourist industries in alcohol-producing regions rely on selling alcoholic drinks as authentic reminders of trips for tourists returning home. Tensions which emerge between companies, organisations, governments, groups and individuals provide a rich space for academic enquiry into the significance of alcohol in contemporary leisure policy. The drinking of alcohol, the cultures, industries and practices associated with its consumption, and its relationship to tourism, leisure and events policy-making has become a focus of critical research in social policy. This special issue of the Journal for Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events invites contributions to that growing research field from across the globe and across the social sciences. Possible research topics may include: alcohol tourism and authenticity; alcohol sponsorship of professional sport and mega events; alcohol bans and tourism and leisure; moral panics and health scares in social drinking; leisure spaces and consumption spaces; the regulation of the night-time economy; the globalisation of the alcohol industry; and alcohol tourism and Islam.
Those interested in contributing to this issue should contact the Guest Editor, Karl Spracklen. Papers should be submitted by Friday 24 January 2014 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Publication will be in issue 7(1) in 2015.
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