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Young People’s Safety Practices when Drink Walking in the Suburbs of Manchester, UK


  • Samantha Wilkinson

    () (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)

  • Catherine Wilkinson

    () (Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK)


Walking whilst intoxicated is a high-risk activity; it is thus important to en¬hance understandings of young people’s experiences of walking, bound up with the consumption of alcohol. In this paper, we argue that ‘mobilities’ the¬ory has potential to enhance understandings of the emotional, embodied and affective aspects of young people’s alcohol related journeys. This paper draws on innovative qualitative research, com¬prising: individual and friendship group interviews and peer interviews, conducted with 40 young people, aged 15-24, living in the suburban case study locations of Chorlton and Wythenshawe, Manchester, UK. When young people’s alcohol-related mobilities have been considered, for instance in the transport studies literature, it has typically been conceptualised in a reductive manner which theorises mobility as “a product of rationally weighed deci¬sions” (Spinney, 2009:820). We join a small body of work, in highlighting the emotional, embodied and affective aspects of alcohol-related mobilities. This paper presents findings around two main themes: performing walking and safety, and forced and adaptive mobilities, respectively. This paper con¬cludes by recommending ways to improve the safety of young people’s walk¬ing practices when on nights out involving alcohol.

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  • Samantha Wilkinson & Catherine Wilkinson, 2019. "Young People’s Safety Practices when Drink Walking in the Suburbs of Manchester, UK," Nauchni trudove, University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria, issue 1, pages 199-217, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:nwe:natrud:y:2019:i:1:p:199-217

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    Mobilities; Night; Safety; Suburban; Qualitative; Walking; Young People;

    JEL classification:

    • I1 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health
    • R2 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis


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