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Following the changes in young people’s drinking practices before and during the pandemic with a qualitative longitudinal interview material
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Public Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2473-6330
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2593-1931
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0856-9854
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Criminology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8923-0870
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Number of Authors: 62023 (English)In: Journal of Youth Studies, ISSN 1367-6261, E-ISSN 1469-9680, p. 1-19Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The paper analyses how the Covid-19 pandemic affected young people’s alcohol-related assemblages, trajectories of becoming and identity claims in Sweden. The data is based on longitudinal qualitative interviews among heavy and moderate drinking young people (n=23; age range 15–24 years). The participants were interviewed two to three times before the Covid-19 pandemic and once at the end of it, between 2017 and 2021. The analysis draws on actor-network theory and narrative positioning approach. The analysis demonstrates how the lockdown produced trajectories of becoming boring, normal, stress-free, self-caring, self-confident and shielded. In these trajectories, drinking was positioned into relations that either increased young people’s capacities for well-being or decreased them. Due to the lockdown, some participants learnt to be moved by relations that contributed to replace drinking with competing activities, while others experienced that the lockdown made drinking a more attractive activity, turning it into a collective force that helped them to overcome isolation. The results show how drinking is a heterogeneous activity which may increase or decrease young people’s capacities for well-being, depending on what kinds of assemblages and trajectories of becoming it is embedded in.

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Routledge, 2023. p. 1-19
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Covid-19, qualitative longitudinal data, actor-network theory, narrative positioning theory, trajectories of becoming, identity claims
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Sociology Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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Sociology; Child and Youth Studies; Public Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-224048DOI: 10.1080/13676261.2023.2283508ISI: 001103715100001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85177032512OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-224048DiVA, id: diva2:1814952
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2016-00313Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2020-00457Available from: 2023-11-27 Created: 2023-11-27 Last updated: 2023-12-19

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