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1st Edition

Gender, Drink and Drugs

Edited By

Maryon McDonald

ISBN 9781003135043
Published August 18, 2020 by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

Why do so many people feel compelled to drink alcohol or take drugs? And why do so many men drink and so many women refrain? Using ideas from social anthropology, this book attempts to provide a novel answer to these questions. The introduction surveys both gender and addiction. It points out that we cannot say what men or women are really like, in any culturally innocent sense, for gender is always, even in the realm of biology, a cultural matter. The ethnographic chapters, ranging from Ancient Rome to modern Japan, similarly suggest how any substance - from alcohol to tea to heroin - inevitably takes its meaning or reality in the cultural system in which it exists.This book will be of interest to medical anthropologists, medical sociologists, anyone with an interest in the contemporary direction of anthropology as well as those working in the fields of alcohol and addiction.

Table of Contents

Women and Alcohol: The Emergence of a Risk Group, B. Thom - The Police, Gender and the Culture of Drug Use and Addiction, M. Young - Symptoms, Struggles and Functions: What Does the Overdose Represent?, R. Littlewood - Whisky, Women and the Scottish Drink Problem, S. Macdonald - Gender, Ethnicity and Alcohol in the Former Soviet Union, T. Dragadze

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