Conclusion: Community Drunkenness and Control in Guatemala

Edited by Virginia Garrard-Burnett

in Distilling the Influence of Alcohol

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780813041629
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780813043432 | DOI:
Conclusion: Community Drunkenness and Control in Guatemala

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This chapter by Virginia Garrard-Burnett reviews the preceding chapters of the book and offers a conclusion which (1) examines the use of alcohol in Maya communities as a ritual metaphor and a method of community cohesion, (2) explores tropes of alcohol use and alcoholism by groups as diverse as Protestant missionaries, indigenista theorists, and labor “enganchadores,” and (3) examines how alcoholism was understood by mid-twentieth-century anthropologists as a cultural construction rather than as a disease.

Keywords: Alcohol; Anthropology; Indigenismo; Missionaries; Community; Fiesta; Cofradia; Drunkenness; Catholic; Protestant

Chapter.  8909 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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