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- DescriptionThrough its complex history, alcohol has served many cultural functions, often constructive ones. For centuries it has been used as a valuable ecomic commodity, a medicinal tool, a focus of social gatherings, and a mechanism for psychological escape.Frederick Smith identifies key themes associated with alcohol production, distribution, and consumption. He discusses industrial and home production of alcoholic beverages and both public and clandestine drinking. He defines the contexts in which drinking takes place and the motivations - social and antisocial - for alcohol consumption.As a case study, Smith examines archaeological evidence of alcohol use from a cave site in Barbados, proposing that major historical events can be influenced by the social and spiritual use of alcohol. At the same time, Smith argues, alcohol can also provide people with a temporary respite from the challenges of daily life.
- Author BiographyFrederick H. Smith, assistant professor of anthropology at the College of William and Mary, is the author of Caribbean Rum.
- Author(s)Frederick H. Smith
- PublisherUniversity Press of Florida
- Date of Publication15/12/2008
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Series TitleAmerican Experience in Archaeological Perspective
- Place of PublicationFlorida
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity Press of Florida
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight318 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
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