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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Waragi production is not an indigenous economic activity in Bunyoro, but waragi
has gradually asserted itself as one of the district's most important products.
District statistics on volume and value of production output have to be treated with
While women's income-generating activities tend to be considered small-scale
and petty in nature, it is important to stress that their beer brewing is by no means
a minor enterprise (see Table 5.1). In aggregate, beer brewing is a major element
It is important to note that certain social relationships pass the geographical limits
of the village. This is related to the fact that Balanta villages are exogamous, and
to the historical migratory movements, notably migration from the central region ...
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