By Professor Thomas S. Weinberg PhD
Alcohol use is a vital part of the homosexual global. based on a few estimates, the speed of challenge ingesting is set 3 times larger between gays than in mainstream society, yet few researchers have tested this phenomenon in depth.Thomas S. Weinberg’s ethnographic examine presents new perception into the position of ingesting within the homosexual male group. Weinberg makes use of interviewing and player commentary options in various drinking-related settings within the homosexual culture of "Paradise City," the fictional identify of a giant western urban the place he performed his research.Emphasizing ingesting as social habit, Weinberg explores the methods social contexts—such as bars, love relationships, and reference groups—affect person ingesting styles and concludes that ingesting is in detail entwined with friendship networks and prolonged households within the homosexual world.Weinberg is anxious not just with alcoholism yet with version in alcohol use and alterations in alcohol use through the years. He employs the idea that of "career" to provide an explanation for why and the way an individual’s ingesting may perhaps both elevate or lessen over the process his lifetime. Letting his informants converse for themselves, Weinberg directs recognition to their very own views at the that means in their consuming behavior.After making a typology of drinkers, together with self-defined in addition to researcher-defined alcoholics, Weinberg considers substitute reasons for homosexual challenge ingesting. He completely explores the homosexual bar scene, its value in homosexual existence, and how that interactions in the bar setting have an effect on ingesting and risk-taking, in particular as they relate to HIV. Weinberg additionally appears heavily at self-defined homosexual alcoholics and considers 3 substitute reasons for homosexual challenge consuming: the alienation thesis, the impression of parental position versions, and reference crew concept. He rejects the alienation thesis and the impression of parental position types simply because those causal components weren't borne out by means of his statistical correlations. as a substitute, Weinberg unearths the main strong clarification in reference crew thought, which hyperlinks members’ habit to the norms of the social teams they establish with. ultimately, he arrives at a processual version of homosexual challenge consuming in accordance with his facts analysis.By evaluating alcohol use within the gay and heterosexual groups, Weinberg presents a brand new viewpoint on homosexual challenge ingesting that would curiosity sociologists, psychologists, and clinicians, in addition to involved lay readers within the homosexual neighborhood. He cites examinations of large-scale survey examine on tavern attendance and ingesting, ethnographic reviews of bar habit, literature on distinct teams, and stories of marital interplay in alcoholic households, concluding that homosexual consuming is a unique state of affairs that merely reference workforce conception and a processual version thoroughly tackle. The ultimate bankruptcy includes coverage strategies for decreasing alcohol use within the homosexual neighborhood.
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At the initial call, I obtained the man's phone number and called him on the day before the interview to remind him of our appointment. This was important because it was not unusual for a man to forget and to miss an appointment. Patrick, for example, was not home for our scheduled appointment. When I called to reschedule, he claimed he had forgotten. The second time I went to see him, he was not home either. I drove around for awhile, then called from a public telephone. He asked me to come right over.
When they first decided that they were definitely gay, half of the men I interviewed felt frightened, "not very good," or confused. TOM: How did you feel about being gay at that time? " Because I didn't know any gay people at that time. DANIEL: I attempted suicide at that time. I felt very badly. I felt that I was really abnormal. NORMAN: It was very frightening. You feel like you're the only one, you know. And you've got this whole world out there to fight. In an attempt to understand himself and his feelings, the individual often seeks out other gay people (Dank, 1971; Troiden, 1979; Page 19 Weinberg, 1983).
Warren's book is really the only ethnographic study that even attempts to explain the social meaning of alcohol use for gay men. Her work, however, was a general study of one upper-middle-class gay community and did not focus primarily on drinking. , making sexual contacts), to alcohol use. A few case studies of gay alcoholics have been published (Beaton & Guild, 1976; Colcher, 1982; Small & Leach, 1977). They are important but have been written from a counseling viewpoint, rather than from the academic perspective of social science.