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BRYCESON Deborah Fahy (Edited by)

Alcohol in Africa. Mixing Business, Pleasure, and politics

Heinemann - Portsmouth - 2002
ISBN: 9780325071152
305 p. - 24 x 16 cm

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 Alcohol in Sub-Saharan Africa has historically been a conduit for religious and political expression controlled by male elders. Over the past century and especially during the last two crisis-ridden decades, alcohol's ceremonial role has been largely displaced. Rapid income differentiation and economic marginalization have spurred production and consumption of alcohol. In many localities, expanding supply has led to drinking patterns that impinge on general social welfare. These circumstances coincide with the continent-wide implementation of structural adjustment and economic liberalization policies. One might ask, have those policies driven people to drink?

Currently, alcohol is a taboo subject for donors and African governments alike, yet it is at the nexus of many of the continent's most pressing problems. Agricultural sector decline, large-scale labor redundancy, household instability, and AIDS have cause or effect linkages to changing alcohol usage. This edited collection explores the economic, political, and social meanings of alcohol usage. The material is contextualized within a review of existing anthropological, social history, and social welfare literature on alcohol, and a broad historical overview of the continental trends in alcohol production and consumption. Both the pleasure and the pain of alcohol usage emerge, providing insight into the ambiguity of alcohol in Africa today.
Part I: Introduction
- Deborah Fahy Bryceson / Alcohol in Africa: Substance, Stimulus and Society, pp. 3-23,
- Deborah Fahy Bryceson / Changing Modalities of Alcohol Usage, pp. 23-52.

Part II: Business Interests
- Justin Willis / For Women and Children: An Economic History of Brewing among the Nyakyusa of Southwestern Tanzania, pp. 55-75,
- Nite Baza Tanzarn / Liquid Gold of a Lost Kingdom: The Rise of Waragi Production in Kibaale District, Uganda, pp. 75-93,
- Michael K. McCall / Brewers, Woodfuel, and Donors: An Awkward Silence as the Fires Blaze, pp. 93-115,

Part III: Political Contests
- Jan-Bart Gewald / Diluting Drinks and Deepening Discontent: Colonial Liquor Controls and Public Resistance in Windhoek, Namibia, pp. 117-139,
- Simon Heap / Living on the Proceeds of a Grog Shop: Liquor Revenue in Nigeria, pp. 139-160,
- Jon Abbink / Drinking, prestige, and Power: Alcohol and Cultural Hegemony in maji, Southern Ethiopia, pp. 161-179,
- Roy Van Der Drift / Democracy's Heady Brew: Cashew Wine and the Authority of the Elders among the Balanta in Guinea-Bissau, pp. 179-197,
- Tuulikki Pietilä / Drinking Mothers Feeding Children: Market Women and Gender Politics in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, pp. 197-212.

Part IV: Social Comforts ans Discomforts
- Emmanuel Akyeampong / Drinking with Friends: Popular Culture, the Working Poor, and Youth Drinking in Independent Ghana, pp. 215-231,
- Sabine Luning / To Drink and Not to Drink: Beer brewing, Rituals, and Religious Conversion in Maane, Burkina faso, pp. 231-249,
- Rijk van Dijk / Modernity's Limits: Pentecostalism and the Moral Rejection of Alcohol in Malawi, pp. 249-265.

Part V: Conclusion
- Deborah Fahy Bryceson / Pleasure and Pain: the Ambiguity of Alcohol in Africa, pp. 267-293.
Deborah Fahy Bryceson is a Researcher at the African Studies Centre, Leiden University. She is a graduate of the University of Dar es Salaam and took her doctorate at Oxford.