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Journal Articles International Review for the Sociology of Sport Year : 2014

Alcohol consumption among women rugby players in France. Uses of the “third half-time"

Julien Fuchs
Yannick Le Hénaff

Abstract

This article explores alcohol consumption among women rugby players, particularly during the “third half-time”, which traditionally takes place after the matches. The article will focus on alcohol use and the transgression of the norms of femininity. A series of ethnographic observations were carried out and semi-structured interviews were conducted with players (n = 10) from an amateur league-level women’s rugby team in Western France. The results show that within the context of rugby – which is marked by festive excesses and has been socially constructed as a “male” sport – women have a specific relationship with alcohol; although drinking is deemed necessary to demonstrate their inclusion in so-called “rugby culture”, it is, nevertheless, far from being completely unrestrained. On the contrary, some of its effects are a construct of the group itself. In this sense, drinking in the third half-time poses a dilemma for women: how to establish themselves as women rugby players whilst remaining women at the same time.
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hal-01089663 , version 1 (02-12-2014)

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Julien Fuchs, Yannick Le Hénaff. Alcohol consumption among women rugby players in France. Uses of the “third half-time". International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 2014, 49 (3/4), pp.367-381. ⟨hal-01089663⟩
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