Beer in Africa: Drinking Spaces, States and Selves

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Steven van Wolputte, Mattia Fumanti
LIT Verlag Münster, 2010 - History - 315 pages
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This volume on beer in Africa focuses on the making and unmaking of self in the inchoate, dark, exalted and sometimes upsetting context of bars, shebeens and other formal and informal drinking occasions. Beer in Africa takes the production and consumption of fermented drinks as its point of entry to investigate how local actors deal with the ambivalent and the hazy, and how this ambiguity stands as the sine qua non of social life and daily practice.
 

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Contents

Beer and the Making of Boundaries An Introduction
1
Michael Power and Guinness Masculinity in Africa
29
Ubuntu and the Morality of Xhosa Beer Drinking
53
Beers and Bullets Beads and Bulls Drink and the Making
79
A Social Brew with an Economic Head
109
The Social Life of White Man Mimbo and Ancestral
131
Licence to Drink Between Liberation and Inebriation
167
Gender Power
195
Last Call for Alcohol An Epilogue
275
References
281
Index
305
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Steven Van Wolputte is a faculty member at the Institute for Anthropological Research in Africa at Leuven University, Belgium.

Mattia Fumanti is a lecturer for the department for social anthropology at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

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