The Last Night of Freedom: Consumerism, Deviance and the ‘Stag Party’

Briggs, Daniel and Ellis, Anthony (2017) The Last Night of Freedom: Consumerism, Deviance and the ‘Stag Party’. Deviant Behaviour, 38 (7). pp. 756-768. ISSN 0163-9625

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This article offers an ethnographic examination of the stag party phenomenon in the United Kingdom. Stag parties have become socially expected as
a rite of passage, pre-marriage celebration for men that usually involves
excessive alcohol consumption and engagement in deviant, potentially
harmful, behavior. These events produce a shift in time and space, and
together with group expectations for celebration, increase the impetus for
excessive consumption. Our contention is that excessive consumption of
alcohol and deviant behavior that often takes place are partially rooted in
commercial ideology, which has become firmly embedded in the attitudes
of young British men.

Keywords:Deviance, Social Harm, Stag party
Subjects:L Social studies > L171 Capitalism
L Social studies > L320 Gender studies
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:47348
Deposited On:19 Nov 2021 12:02

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