Alcohol, Gender, and Culture

Alcohol, Gender, and Culture

Alcohol, Gender, and Culture

Alcohol, Gender, and Culture

Synopsis

Europeans consitiute 12 and a half per cent of the world's population but consume 50 per cent of the recorded world production alcohol, and this consumption plays a significant role in the cultural, religious, and social identites of these countrise. The contributors show how different groups define the proper use of alcohol, how State policies may effect drinking behaviour, and highlight how beverages and comestibles must be seen in relation to each other. From this is it shown how importamt socio-cultural distinctions are made between and within communities, gender relations, ethnic groups, and socio-economic groups, and within religious ideologies; what one drinks, how one drinks, with whom, and where, all influence not how alcoholic substances are regarded but how social relations are experienced. Alcohol Gender and Culture clearly demonstrates how the social construction of drinking may provide an analytical tool with which to approach different socio-cultural groups and illustrates how any cultural group can be compared to another by its attutudes to alcohol. It will be invaluable reading for students and lecturers af anthropology, cultural history and gender studies.

Excerpt

This book is the outgrowth of a panel on ‘Alcohol Commensality, Gender Roles and Religion in European Societies’, part of the first EASA Conference in Coimbra, Portugal, during 3-7 September 1990.

The volume includes all papers presented for the first time and discussed at the Coimbra Conference. It presents recent ethnographic data on alcohol use in different Euro-Mediterranean countries, thereby allowing for cross-cultural comparisons and opening a discussion on related issues such as identity, power relations, commensality, religion and transformations.

Ten contributions, including the Introduction, are collected in this volume, reflecting ethnographic data from respective Euro-Mediterranean societies. Six papers focus on the Mediterranean area, mainly Greece, Spain and Egypt, and four papers on other European societies, namely Hungary, Sweden, Ireland and Alsace (France).

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