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Title:Alcohol, Racial Segregation and Popular Politics in Northern Rhodesia
Author:Ambler, Charles H.
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Geographic terms:Zambia
Great Britain
alcoholic beverages
Ethnic and Race Relations
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/182770
Abstract:This paper explores some of the social and cultural elements of the popular movement against British rule in Northern Rhodesia (Zambia) through an examination of challenges to restrictions on the production and consumption of alcoholic beverages. In Northern Rhodesia, as in much of British-ruled east, central and southern Africa, the colonial government banned the consumption by Africans of all European-type alcoholic drinks and placed tight restrictions on the brewing and sale of grain beers. In the immediate postwar period racially discriminatory alcohol regulations emerged as a highly emotional issue and remained so despite liberalization of the restrictions on beer and wine. But the focus of popular anger was the municipal grain beer monopolies and attempts on the part of the authorities to stamp out an illegal beer trade conducted by women brewers. Beginning in the mid-1950s this anger erupted in a series of protests and boycotts directed against municipal beerhalls. Examination of the struggle over the beerhalls illuminates some of the diverse and contradictory sources and objectives of popular political expression during this period and in particular sheds light on the interplay among issues of race, class and gender in the nationalist movement. Notes, ref.