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Xhosa Beer Drinking Rituals: Power, Practice, and Performance in the South African Rural Periphery P.A. McAllister

Xhosa Beer Drinking Rituals: Power, Practice, and Performance in the South African Rural Periphery

P.A. McAllister

Published November 30th 2005
ISBN : 9780890890219
Hardcover
355 pages
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In this participant-observer ethnography, McAllister (anthropology, U. of Canterbury, New Zealand) analyzes the beer drinking rituals among the Xhosa of South Africa. He utilizes performance theorys concept of the social drama and practice theorysMoreIn this participant-observer ethnography, McAllister (anthropology, U. of Canterbury, New Zealand) analyzes the beer drinking rituals among the Xhosa of South Africa. He utilizes performance theorys concept of the social drama and practice theorys concepts of habitus and field—respectively formulated by Victor Turner and Pierre Bourdieu—in order to explore how the beer drinking rituals, with their performative practices of beer allocation, are used to respond to changing economic and political realities by negotiating relationships, pursuing economic and political goals, competing for power, and reproducing and contesting ideological representations of social order and authority opposed to the principles of apartheid and capitalism. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR