Constructive Drinking by Mary Douglas

By Mary Douglas

First released in 1987, Constructive Drinking is a chain of unique case reports geared up into 3 sections in line with 3 significant features of ingesting. the 3 confident features are: that consuming has a true social position in way of life; that consuming can be utilized to build an amazing international; and that consuming is an important fiscal task. The case stories care for a number of unique beverages

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Marshall (1975,1976) brought diverse sources to bear on the introduction and diffusion of alcohol in Micronesia. "Ethnic groups" in Western societies The confusion surrounding "ethnicity" is at least as great in alcohol studies as it is in sociology and anthropology, and it would be redundant to reiterate here my criticism of the logical inconsistency of the categories that are often used (Heath 1975: 7-12). Nevertheless, it would be counterproductive to ignore normal usage when reviewing the literature that is cast in those terms.

This means that mere possession of a beer is a crime. Similarly, the custom of drinking outdoors makes Indians especially liable to arrest where the minor crime of "drinking in public" is enforced - and racial prejudice may sometimes be expressed that way by White policemen. The pattern of always emptying a bottle (rather than saving any contents) may increase the frequency of public inebriation (a crime in many jurisdictions); ironically, another contributing factor may well be the habit of drinking fast to avoid detection.

Change As with any other aspect of culture, drinking and its associated meanings and values are subject to change, whether by indigenous dynamics or in response to intrusive forces. In much of the ethnographic literature, there is an emphasis on the ways in which transcultural contacts have influenced drinking, with sharp increases in alcohol consumption often associated with pressures of acculturation, deculturation, and so forth. Many writers do little more than describe a variety of alcohol-related problems in a community, presuming that they are either new or recently increasing, and uncritically attribute them to "cultural stress," "anomie," or some such.

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