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Drunken Comportment
A Social Explanation

By Craig MacAndrew and Robert B. Edgerton

Drunken Comportment
Paperback, 214 pages £27.00
Published: 2003
ISBN: 9780971958760
Format: 212mm x 140mm
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Subjects: Eliot Werner Publications, Sociology
Series: EWP Foundations of Anthropology

When Aldine originally published this book in 1969, the emerging multidisciplinary field of alcohol studies was dominated by biology, chemistry, physiology, and other 'hard sciences.' As such, writes Dwight Heath in his new foreword, the work challenged the prevailing wisdom in the authors’ use of historical, ethnographic, and cross-cultural data and their analysis of drinking behavior as an anthropological and sociocultural phenomenon.

From the Foreword to the Percheron Press Edition:

'[O]ne of only a few books that can truly be said to have had a major impact on our understanding of alcohol use and its outcomes.'

Foreword to the Percheron Press Edition, Dwight B. Heath

1. The Conventional Wisdom

2. “Some People Can Really Hold Their Liquor”

3. “Now-You-See-It-Now-You-Don’t”: The Sway of Time and Circumstances over Drunken Comportment

 4. Disinhibition and the Within-Limits Clause: The Problem of Drunken Changes-for-the-Worse

5. Drunkenness as Time Out: An Alternative Solution

6. “Indians Can’t Hold Their Liquor” A: The Conventional Wisdom and the Puzzles

7. “Indians Can’t Hold Their Liquor” B: Our Formulation Applied

8. Some Concluding Remarks



'[P]robably the most original contribution ever to come from anthropological research on alcohol.' (John J. Honigmannin, Social Forces)

'[A] happy blending of good psychology and anthropology.' (Nancy Oestreich Luriein, American Anthropologist)

'[A]rguably the best-recognized conceptual contribution from the ethnographic literature to alcohol studies in general.' (Robin Roomin, Social Science and Medicine)

Craig MacAndrew, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, California


Robert B. Edgerton, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California


Dwight B. Heath, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island (new foreword)

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 214 pages
 212mm x 140mm

BIC Code:
 Eliot Werner Publications


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