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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Older women, although excluded from the political meetings of the men, notably
exercise a kind of hidden power, which may be even more decisive than male
authority, especially in times of crisis, as illustrated by the example of the yangue
They were called Yangue yangue.29 During the first phase of this spontaneous
movement, it was unclear to nonfollow- ers inside and outside Balanta society
what was going on. The "white women," so-called because of the dress they ...
My discussion of the Yangue yangue in this chapter is limited to the theme of
alcohol. A wide variety of interesting aspects remain undiscussed. 29. According
to N'Tombikte, the founder of the movement, it was N'Ghala (God) who told her to
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