Alcohol in Africa: Mixing Business, Pleasure, and Politics
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.
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"Eating" is a very common euphemism for sex in different parts of Africa, but
among the Chagga, images of drinking also serve as sexual metaphors. A
woman desiring sex is said to be "thirsty" (ana kiu). This derives from the Chagga
idea that ...
Chats about women's drinking and eating habits are not merely about
consumption patterns but more broadly about Chagga society, in which women
have an ever more important public role. Women emphasize their importance in
This is shown also by the great efforts and investment the Chagga put into
education, for which they are widely known. 10. Interestingly, kuruka also means
"to pass over or beyond," "overstep," "trespass," referring thus to crossing borders
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