The American Experience with Alcohol

Contrasting Cultural Perspectives

  • Linda A. Bennett
  • Genevieve M. Ames

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Theoretical and Historical Framework

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Linda A. Bennett, Genevieve M. Ames
      Pages 3-6
    3. Noel J. Chrisman
      Pages 7-21
    4. Genevieve M. Ames
      Pages 23-39
    5. Miriam B. Rodin
      Pages 41-58
  3. Case Studies: Americans of European Heritage

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Ben James Simboli
      Pages 61-76
    3. Paul J. Freund
      Pages 77-92
    4. Barry Glassner, Bruce Berg
      Pages 93-107
    5. Richard Stivers
      Pages 109-129
    6. Grace Toney Edwards
      Pages 131-146
  4. Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
    2. Denise Herd
      Pages 149-170
    3. Atwood D. Gaines
      Pages 171-197
  5. Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 199-199
    2. Joan Weibel-Orlando
      Pages 201-226
    3. Martin D. Topper
      Pages 227-251
  6. Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 253-253
    2. M. Jean Gilbert
      Pages 255-277

About this book


This volume is an important contribution to our understanding of culture and alcohol in the United States. Its appearance is also a milestone in the history of alcohol studies in American anthropology. Over the last six years, the volume's editors, initially along with Miriam Rodin, have served as the coorganizers of the Alcohol and Drug Study Group of the American Anthropological Association (AAA). In this capacity, they have organized sessions at the AAA and other meetings, greatly strengthened the research network with a regular and informative newsletter, and painstakingly promoted the publication of anthropological work on al­ cohol and drugs. Appearing just as the responsibility for the Study Group is passed on to others, this book is a fitting emblem of the care and energy with which its editors have built an institutional nexus for alcohol and drug anthropology in North America. The contents of this volume offer a uniquely wide sampling of the diversity of cultural patterns that make up the American experience with alcohol. The collective portrait the editors have assembled extends in several dimensions: through time and history, across such social differ­ entiations as gender, age-grade, and social class, and through such major social institutions as the church and the family. Clearly the dominant dimension of variation in the material that follows, however, is ethnicity. The book offers us a sampler of unprecedented richness of the different experiences with alcohol of American ethnoreligious groups.


Europe Self alcohol alcoholism anthropology care consumption drugs energy family gender network perception religion treatment

Editors and affiliations

  • Linda A. Bennett
    • 1
  • Genevieve M. Ames
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Family ResearchGeorge Washington University Medical CenterUSA
  2. 2.Prevention Research CenterPacific Institute for Research and EvaluationBerkeleyUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-0532-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-0530-7
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