CFP: Neocolonialism and Alcohol Use (SfAA 2018)


Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

April 3-7, 2018


Neocolonialism and Alcohol Use: Patterns, Consequences, and Community Responses

Michael Duke (U of Memphis)

Alcohol played a complex role in the history of European and North American colonialism: while the introduction of distilled liquor facilitated forms of economic dependence and social disruption that allowed colonialism to take root, Christianity likewise advanced the colonialist project in part by  offering solace to those afflicted by alcohol’s negative social effects.  For contemporary neo-colonial subjects, whose societies continue to be dominated by the policies of more powerful nations, alcohol use continues to exert an important influence in the forms of both ongoing–often culturally specific– social problems on the one hand, and new forms of personhood and expression on the other. This panel will examine the varying forms and consequences of alcohol use under conditions of neoliberalism, as well as community responses to problematic drinking.

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