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Jennifer Dickinson ()
Dates: May 18 - June 26, 2015
Alcohol consumption has long been a common practice in many cultures, with a history that goes back thousands of years. This course takes an anthropological approach to the consumption of alcohol in cross-cultural perspective, considering the diversity in practices surrounding drinking from the point of view of cultural and linguistic anthropology, with some material from the fields of biological anthropology and archaeology. Through anthropological studies of drinking cultures, we will focus on the many cultural meanings that surround alcohol and the places and situations in which it is consumed. Ethnographic analyses will include examples from the US and throughout the world. Some of the topics we will cover include: drinking and social identity; cultural ideas about gender and drinking; cultural understandings of alcohol abuse; "drunk talk" across cultures; and archaeological and biological evidence for drinking cultures in the past and the origins of creating and drinking alcoholic beverages.
Several short papers and essay exams. Students are required to participate actively in class discussions and activities and are graded on this work.
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