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The intoxicated poor: alcohol, morality and power among the boatmen of Banaras

Doron, Assa


Anthropological research on alcohol use and misuse has largely focused on the symbolic meaning of alcohol in ritual settings and its role in the everyday lives of indigenous populations. Much has been written on the role of alcohol as a social lubricant, a vehicle for anxiety relief, a marker of ethnic identity and social status and, in some cases, a part of everyday resistance practices deployed by subordinated populations. Less attention has been given to how the excessive consumption of...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2010
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: Health, Culture and Religion in South Asia: Critical Perspectives


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