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Obscuring gendered difference: the treatment of violence in Australian government alcohol policy

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posted on 2021-05-27, 08:05 authored by Duane DuncanDuane Duncan, David MooreDavid Moore, Helen Keane, Mats Ekendahl

Abstract: Despite public debate about alcohol and public violence among young people in Australia, the issue of masculinities or gender is rarely visible in alcohol policy. Instead, policy recommendations aimed at reducing violence focus on changing the availability and consumption of alcohol. Drawing on concepts from feminist and science and technology studies scholarship, this article analyses how “alcohol-related violence” is constituted as a specific policy object, and how it coheres to obscure men’s contributions to and experiences of violence. Attention to the political effects of these policy practices is necessary for the development of more equitable alcohol policies.


The research was conducted with the support of an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant (DP18010036). The project has been based in two institutions over time: the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, and the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University. The National Drug Research Institute is supported by core funding from the Australian Government under the Drug and Alcohol Program and also receives significant funding from Curtin University.


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This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society following peer review. The version of record Duane Duncan, David Moore, Helen Keane, Mats Ekendahl, Obscuring Gendered Difference: The Treatment of Violence in Australian Government Alcohol Policy, Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society, Volume 29, Issue 3, Fall 2022, Pages 1057–1079, is available online at:

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