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Conference paper Conference paper Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue
Title:Beer in Africa: drinking spaces, states and selves
Editors:Wolputte, Steven vanISNI
Fumanti, MattiaISNI
Series:Afrikanische Studien
City of publisher:Münster
Publisher:Lit Verlag
ISBN:382581257X; 9783825812577; 3037359153; 9783037359150
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
Burkina Faso
South Africa
drinking customs
conference papers (form)
Abstract:These papers were presented at a small workshop held in Leuven in February 2007. The focus is on the drinking of beer, not alcohol, as a social fact. The contributions diverge considerably in focus and scope but converge on the idea that beer and drinking beer are about making and crossing boundaries and on the emphasis they place on the lived reality of pubs, drinking stalls, or more ritualized drinking occasions. The question underlying all is what a study of making and drinking beer may add to an understanding of the ambivalences and paradoxes that govern contemporary social life in Subsaharan Africa. Contents: Beer and the making of boundaries: an introduction (Steven Van Wolputte and Mattia Fumanti); Michael Power and Guinness masculinity in Africa (Jonathan Roberts); Ubuntu and the morality of Xhosa beer drinking: a critical appraisal (South Africa) (Patrick McAllister); Beers and bullets, beads and bulls: drink and the making of margins in a small Namibian town (Namibia) (Steven Van Wolputte); Beer in Nigeria: a social brew with an economic head (Simon Heap); The social life of white man Mimbo, and the ancestral consumption of bottled beer in south-west Cameroon (Ute Röschenthaler); Licence to drink: between liberation and inebriation in northern Namibia (Gregor Dobler); Thirsty men and thrifty women: gender, power, and agency in the rural beer trade in Burkina Faso (Sigrun Helmfrid); Inequality and class through the drinking glass: an ethnography of men and beer consumption in contemporary Soweto (South Africa) (Detlev Krige); 'I like my Windhoek lager': beer consumption and the making of men in Namibia (Mattia Fumanti); Last call for alcohol: an epilogue (Steven Van Wolputte and Mattia Fumanti). [ASC Leiden abstract]