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Drinking, Everyday Life Situations and Cultural Norms in Denmark, Finland and West Germany

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A method called nonactive role-playing, originally developed in social psychology, is applied to illustrate cultural differences with respect to drinking between Denmark, Finland and West Germany. West Germany and Denmark have clearly higher levels of alcohol consumption than Finland, whereas Finland has adopted strictest alcohol control policy. In nonactive role-playing, the respondents are given a brief written story for which they are asked to produce a written imagined continuation. On the surface, the material of this study seemed to repeat the stereotypical images of hedonistic Danes, heavy-drinking Finns, and ritualistic Germans. Deeper, it seemed that drinking has greatest expressive power in Finland where references to drinking are more frequent and they are used effectively as social markers in the process of events described. In Denmark and Germany, drinking is more self- evident and is less remarkably used as a carrier of specific cultural meanings. The findings are of interest in considering the nature of the debate on alcohol-related issues in different cultures.
Udgivelsesdato: 1990
OriginalsprogDansk
TidsskriftJournal of Drug Issues
Vol/bind20
Udgave nummer3
Sider (fra-til)403-416
Antal sider13
ISSN0022-0426
StatusUdgivet - 1990

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