History Professor David Carey has published a new book about the effects of alcohol on Guatemalan community identity.
"Throughout world history, alcohol has helped build family livelihoods, boost local economies, and forge nations. The alcohol economy also helped shape Guatemala's turbulent categories of ethnicity, race, class, and gender, as these essays demonstrate. Established and emerging Guatemalan historians investigate aguardiente's role from the colonial era to the twentieth century, drawing from archival documents, oral histories, and ethnographic sources. Topics include women in the alcohol trade, taverns as places of social unrest, and tension between Maya and State authority.
By tracing Guatemala's past, people, and national development through the channel of an alcoholic beverage, Distilling the Influence of Alcohol opens new directions for Central American historical and anthropological research."
Professor Carey is also the author of Engendering Mayan History: Kaqchikel Women as Agents and Conduits of the Past, 1874-1970, and Our Elders Teach Us: Maya-Kaqchikel Historical Perspectives.
Excerpts from http://www.upf.com/book.asp?id=CAREY001
The book is now available from University Press of Florida.