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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7 Lager beer and especially chibuku were not only readily available but also
reasonably priced, as in Zimbabwe (Reader and May 1971), South Africa (Crush
and Ambler 1992) and Botswana (Molamu and Manyeneng 1988). The disparate
The African middle classes reclaimed their role as "modern" consumers.20 Their
eagerness to drink lager beer was no doubt in part due to the protracted period
during which it had been beyond their reach.21 The timing of this middle-class ...
Lager beer also became a significant component. The plunge in purchasing
power in the 1980s resulted in a crash in lager beer production while boosting
cottage-distilled drink production. The latter achieved inroads into urban supply ...
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