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Title:Competing Practices of Drinking and Power: Alcoholic 'Hegemonism' in Southern Ethiopia
Author:Abbink, Jon G.ISNI
Periodical:Northeast African Studies
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subjects:social conflicts
alcoholic beverages
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://hdl.handle.net/1887/9122
Abstract:This paper focuses on problems and dilemmas of changing alcohol use among the Surma, a group of lowland agropastoralists in Maji, southern Ethiopia. The area under discussion is inhabited by indigenous agriculturalists, descendants of northern immigrants of mixed origin, and Surma and Me'en agropastoralists. The paper reveals the existence of a pattern of 'alcoholic hegemonism' in the area. The culturally dominant villagers want to have the best of both worlds. Their types of alcoholic drinks are 'the best' and they think they know how to use and not abuse them. The local people (the Surma, Dizi and Me'en) are 'still caught' in their traditional drinking habits involving the consumption of their local 'bordé' beer. They are also subjected to the harsh reign of 'katikala', a strong and dangeous beverage, which they cannot handle and which thus tends to create trouble. That they themselves (the villagers and State-connected people) have introduced 'katikala' does not make them feel in any way responsible for such trouble. Bibliogr., notes, ref.