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Title:Drink, power, and cultural change: a social history of alcohol in Ghana, c. 1800 to recent times
Author:Akyeampong, Emmanuel KwakuISNI
Series:Social history of Africa (ISSN 1099-8098)
City of publisher:Portsmouth, N.H.
ISBN:0435089943; 043508996X; 0852556233; 085255673X
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:drinking customs
alcoholic beverages
social history
Abstract:This book presents a social history of alcohol in southern Ghana from 1800 to recent times and highlights its centrality in the culture of power. Special attention is paid to women as actors in the struggle over alcohol. Women sold alcohol in rural and urban settings, but featured less in the elaborate construction of the culture linking alcohol consumption to power. Ch. 1 addresses the fundamental question of why people drink. Ch. 2 discusses the ritual significance of three fluids, alcohol, blood and water, in the precolonial histories and cultures of the Akan, Ga-Adangme, and Ewe. Ch. 3 shifts the social context more to the colonial towns, and examines the role of alcohol in social formation among new migrants between c. 1890 and 1919. Ch. 4 analyses the importance of liquor legislation in relations of power between the colonizer and the colonized. Ch. 5 explores the connections between 'akpeteshie' (illicit gin), popular culture, and class formation in the pre-World War II era, while ch. 6 focuses on alcohol, popular culture, and nationalist politics from 1945 to independence. Ch. 7 analyses Ghana's political, economic, and social decline, the impact on gender relations and drinking patterns, and new nuances in alcoholism as a tool in the definition of social identity. Ch. 8 concludes the book and offers reflections on the culture and history of power.