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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Liquid Gold of a Lost Kingdom The Rise of Waragi Production in Kibaale District,
Uganda Nite Baza Tanzarn Uganda is one of the world's poorest countries, and
Kibaale District is one of the most impoverished districts within Uganda. This was
Waragi has gained fame internationally as Uganda's national drink. After
independence, the International Distillers of Uganda factory was established in
Luzira. Licensed home distillation was legalized, but the produce had to be sold
to the ...
Kyamuhangire, W. 1990. "Banana Juice Extraction and Processing." M.Sc. thesis,
University of New South Wales, Kensington. Masefield, G.B. 1938. "The
Production of Native Beer in Uganda." East African Agricultural journal, March:
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