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Aguardente, chicha, pulque, vino—no matter whether it’s distilled or fermented, alcohol either brings people together or pulls them apart. Alcohol in Latin America is a sweeping examination of the deep reasons why. This book takes an in-depth look at the social and cultural history of alcohol and its connection to larger processes in Latin America. Using a painting depicting a tavern as a metaphor, the authors explore the disparate groups and individuals imbibing as an introduction to their study. In so doing, they reveal how alcohol production, consumption, and regulation have been intertwined with the history of Latin America since the pre-Columbian era.

Alcohol in Latin America is the first interdisciplinary study to examine the historic role of alcohol across Latin America and over a broad time span. Six locations—the Andean region, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Guatemala, and Mexico—are seen through the disciplines of anthropology, archaeology, art history, ethnohistory, history, and literature. Organized chronologically beginning with the colonial era, it features five chapters on Mesoamerica and five on South America, each focusing on various aspects of a dozen different kinds of beverages.

An in-depth look at how alcohol use in Latin America can serve as a lens through which race, class, gender, and state-building, among other topics, can be better understood, Alcohol in Latin America shows the historic influence of alcohol production and consumption in the region and how it is intimately connected to the larger forces of history.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-2
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-20
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  1. Part One: The Prehispanic and Colonial Periods
  2. pp. 21-24
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  1. Chapter One: A Glass for the Gods and a Gift to My Neighbor: The Importance of Alcohol in the Pre-Columbian Andes
  2. Justin Jennings
  3. pp. 25-45
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  1. Chapter Two: Liquid Fire: Alcohol, Identity, and Social Hierarchy in Colonial Brazil
  2. João Azevedo Fernandes
  3. pp. 46-66
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  1. Chapter Three: Drunkenness and Interpersonal Violence in Colonial Michoacán
  2. Aaron P. Althouse
  3. pp. 67-86
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  1. Part Two: The Long Nineteenth Century (1820s to 1930)
  2. pp. 87-88
  1. Chapter Four: Wine Country: The Vineyard as National Space in Nineteenth-Century Argentina
  2. Nancy Hanway
  3. pp. 89-103
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  1. Chapter Five: Breadwinners or Entrepreneurs?: Women’s Involvement in the Pulquería World of Mexico City, 1850–1910
  2. Áurea Toxqui
  3. pp. 104-130
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  1. Chapter Six: Drunks and Dictators: Inebriation’s Gendered, Ethnic, and Class Components in Guatemala, 1898–1944
  2. David Carey Jr.
  3. pp. 131-158
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  1. Part Three: The Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
  2. pp. 159-160
  1. Chapter Seven: Pulqueros, Cerveceros, and Mezcaleros: Small Alcohol Producers and Popular Resistance to Mexico’s Anti-Alcohol Campaigns, 1910–1940
  2. Gretchen Pierce
  3. pp. 161-184
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  1. Chapter Eight: Tequila Sauza and the Redemption of Mexico’s Vital Fluids, 1873–1970
  2. José Orozco
  3. pp. 185-209
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  1. Chapter Nine: Essence and Identity: Transformations in Argentine Wine, 1880–2010
  2. Steve Stein
  3. pp. 210-241
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  1. Chapter Ten: Of Chicha, Majas, and Mingas: Hard Apple Cider and Local Solidarity in Twenty-First-Century Rural Southern Chile
  2. Anton Daughters
  3. pp. 242-260
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 261-266
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 267-296
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 297-300
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780816599004
Related ISBN
9780816530762
MARC Record
OCLC
874965426
Pages
316
Launched on MUSE
2014-04-22
Language
English
Open Access
No
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