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Appadurai on Boozin’

So does this mean that on those nights when you get really plowed, you're also getting really political?  Appadurai is one of the most compelling thinkers on globalization today.  I'll leave aside for the moment the question of whether or … Read More

By / November 9, 2007

So does this mean that on those nights when you get really plowed, you're also getting really political?  Appadurai is one of the most compelling thinkers on globalization today.  I'll leave aside for the moment the question of whether or not this lends any dignity to the portrait of me, head down on the bar at 4 a.m…

Drinking is an act of identification, differentiation and integration, and is a projection of homogeneity and heterogeneity in ethnicity and national identity. Drinking practices are agents in individual and group identifications, and drinking sites, the locales of regular and celebrated drinking, are places where meanings are made, shared, disputed and reproduced, where identities take shape, flourish and change. Drinking cultures are as poorly and permeably bounded as any other form of group culture; when drinking and the nation are investigated, there is a simultaneous examination of ethnic, national, class, gender, sexual, racial and other identities. An examination of drinking cultures must also be a focus on the social fields and political arenas which define and shape drinking places, spaces, and occasions…

 

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