Through an examination of the ways in which universities regulate student drinking on campus, this article questions the claim that governing through techniques of risk is exclusive to actuarialism and scientific knowledge. It is argued that risk is not articulated solely through actuarial knowledge. Rather, risk can be expressed through many different forms of knowledge, including 'common sense' knowledges that are completely removed from the actuarial. It is also suggested that university student substance use governing initiatives incorporate discourses of risk, reform, responsibility and self-care into their operationalization without privileging one over others.

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Theoretical Criminology

Moore, D. (2000). Risking Saturday night: Regulating student alcohol use through 'common sense'. Theoretical Criminology, 4(4), 411–428. doi:10.1177/1362480600004004001