|Title||Gatekeeping and drinking cultures: how do we talk about drinking?|
This paper examines the importance of gatekeepers in facilitating access to key informants. Using the author’s experience of working in alcohol-related research, the problems in gaining interviews with licensees, security staff and club and bar operators are discussed. However, in a departure from an understanding of gatekeepers as fixed, I argue that we need a more fluid and rhizomatic model. Rather than being fixed, it is argued that gatekeepers are far less stable than first appears and can shape, open up, inform and re-direct the research process along often surprising trajectories. Extending this point, in the second part of the paper, gatekeeping is explored in terms of discursive and disciplinary practices. I ask how discursive gatekeeping, and specifically debates about responsible and irresponsible drinking practices, have shaped and informed research in this area. Again, a more fluid understanding of gatekeeping is developed in order to work through the complex and often contradictory ways that knowledge is produced, reproduced and generated in critical work on drinking cultures.
|Journal||International Journal of Social Research Methodology|
|Journal citation||16 (6), pp. 477-489|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1080/13645579.2013.823292|