International Handbook on Alcohol and Culture

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Dwight B. Heath
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1995 - Social Science - 391 pages
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The first authoritative guide to how the world drinks, this reference details alcohol use in different countries and cultures. Variation is striking, with alcohol sometimes a food, a sacrament, a symbol, a tool, a tranquilizer, a medicine, a love potion, or an object of scorn--often with very different meanings and uses in a single country. This volume reveals multicultural and ethnic beliefs, practices, and attitudes about drinking around the world.

An extensive introduction discusses the close link between alcohol and culture and provides a foundation for the rest of the book. Each of the following chapters is written by an expert contributor and discusses alcohol and culture in a particular country. Chapters discuss historical trends, drinking among ethnic and religious minorities, national policies, and social outcomes. Countries range from industrial nations known for their alcohol research, to developing nations and to places famous for drinking. A concluding chapter highlights important similarities and differences.

 

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Contents

1 An Introduction to Alcohol and Culture in International Perspective
1
2 Australia
7
3 Canada
20
4 Chile
31
5 China
42
6 Denmark
51
7 Egypt
63
8 France
75
19 New Zealand
201
20 Nigeria
213
21 Poland
224
22 Russia
237
23 Spain
254
24 Sri Lanka
270
25 Sweden
280
26 The United Kingdom
289

9 Germany
88
10 Guatemala
99
11 Honduras
110
12 Iceland
117
13 India
128
14 Israel
142
15 Italy
156
16 Malaysia
168
17 Mexico
179
18 The Netherlands
190
27 The United States of America
300
28 Zambia
316
29 An Anthropological View of Alcohol and Culture in International Perspective
328
30 Some Generalizations about Alcohol arid Culture
348
Annual Per Capita Consumption of Alcohol
363
Glossary
369
Bibliographical Essay
373
Index
379
About the Editor and Contributors
389
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DWIGHT B. HEATH is Professor of Anthropology at Brown University. He has authored or edited half a dozen books, and his more than 200 articles have appeared in journals such as Current Anthropology, Journal of Studies on Alcohol, Journal of Substance Abuse, and Human Organization.

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