Alcohol in Popular Culture: An Encyclopedia

Alcohol in Popular Culture: An Encyclopedia

Alcohol in Popular Culture: An Encyclopedia

Alcohol in Popular Culture: An Encyclopedia

Synopsis

The consumption of alcohol is interwoven throughout American history before, during, and after the Prohibition era of 1920E1933. Even in today's culture of social responsibility and anti-drunk-driving legislation, reaching the legal drinking age remains a major rite of passage in the United States, and drinking permeates every aspect of our modern culture."

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Alcohol production and consumption is a contentious topic in the United States. in the debates surrounding alcohol, the cultural context is often lost and overshadowed by a focus on the health and social issues associated with alcoholism. These are serious issues that certainly require further study and debate. However, in this encyclopedia we have tried to focus on the often-marginalized and popculture aspects of alcohol use and misuse. Entries illuminate the favorite alcoholic beverages in the United States, how they are made, how they are incorporated in everyday life and special events, their role in history, their impacts on society and health, their role in the arts, and much more. This encyclopedia covers a broad time period: primarily from the Colonial era to the present day. a chronology helps to put the topic of alcohol in historical context. the geographic scope is largely limited to the United States, while in some instances going beyond the boundaries of this country to consider the connections and influences from outside. This encyclopedia should be seen as a starting point for further investigation. We hope that it will inspire and stimulate further consideration of the topics presented here.

More than 100 entries are arranged alphabetically from a to Z and largely focus on drinks themselves, concepts, business aspects, entertainment, ephemera, regulations, social aspects, movements, organizations, and important events that have played a part in creating the cultures of alcohol that are now part of the greater American culture and history. Sidebars throughout the work further illuminate the entries.

The contributors to this volume have a wide variety of backgrounds. Scholars from the fields of sociology, anthropology, history, and literature have lent their expertise to this work. in addition, journalists and professional writers have helped to give this encyclopedia a richer voice that speaks beyond academia. This volume has the rigor of an academic study, but the reader-friendly tone and . . .

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