Psychology colloquium - 'Me without the mask': The role of 'authenticity' in former heavy drinkers' negotiations of early sobriety
A Department of Psychology and Counselling colloquium presented by Dr Emily Nicholls, University of Portsmouth and Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, La Trobe University
- Thursday 29 August 2019 04:00 pm until Thursday 29 August 2019 05:00 pm (Add to calendar)
- Maarten van den Buuse
- Presented by:
- Dr Emily Nicholls
- Type of Event:
This paper will explore the ways in which former female drinkers in the UK draw on ‘agency’ and ‘authenticity’ to talk about changes to their identity and sense of self when they stop drinking. Drawing on semi-structured, in-depth interviews with 17 women in ‘early sobriety’, this paper outlines how notions of agency and authenticity are drawn upon to construct a journey from an inauthentic, ineffectual drinking self to the ‘true’ sober self, a strategy that may function as a way to manage some of the stigma or negative judgement that can come with identities such as ‘problem drinker’ or ‘alcoholic’.
Dr Emily Nicholls is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Portsmouth, UK. Her areas of expertise include gender and femininities and alcohol consumption, and she has recently published a monograph based on her research around how gender is negotiated on a 'girls' night out'. Her current project - 'Sobriety Stories' - explores women's experiences of early sobriety in the UK. She is currently a Visiting Scholar with the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research at La Trobe University until 4 October 2019.
Thursday 29 August, Time: 4 - 5 pm
Hoogenraad Theatre, LIMS1-101, Bundoora campus;
Wodonga AW1 113 Library Meeting Room; Bendigo AS2-224B.
For more information please contact seminar convener Prof Maarten van den Buuse.
Institute for Molecular Science, La Trobe University, Bundoora Victoria 3083
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