Drink, Power, and Society in the Andes
300 pages, 6 x 9
21 b&w photographs, 11 figures, 5 maps, 18 tables, notes, bibliography, index.
Release Date:01 Dec 2019
Release Date:22 Mar 2009
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Drink, Power, and Society in the Andes

University Press of Florida
"A timely addition to a corpus of works that relates to feasting. Whether you are an archaeologist, ethnohistorian, or ethnographer, Jennings and Bowser's compelling volume speaks to a rich and detailed understanding of the many changing roles and traditions that drinking plays in the Andes."--George Gumerman IV, Northern Arizona University
"Chicha is not just a South American beverage, but, as the authors of this superb volume demonstrate, a set of cultural creations that flows among the lives of Andean peoples, past and present."--Jerry D. Moore, California State University, Dominguez Hills
For more than two thousand years, drinking has played a critical role in Andean societies. This collection provides a unique look at the history, ethnography, and archaeology of one of the most important traditional indigenous commodities in Andean South America--fermented plant beverages collectively known as chicha.
The authors investigate how these forms of alcohol have played a huge role in maintaining gender roles, kinship bonds, ethnic identities, exchange relationships, and status hierarchies. They also consider how shifts in alcohol production, exchange, and consumption have precipitated social change.
Unique among foodways studies for its extensive temporal coverage, Drink, Power, and Society in the Andes also brings together scholars from diverse theoretical, methodological, and regional perspectives.
Illustrate[s] the complex roles maize beer and other varieties of chicha have played in maintaining social stability and precipitating social change in the Andes. . . . Greatly adds to our knowledge by using new tools of analysis to place drinking patterns within their own cultural and historical contexts.’—Social History of Alcohol and Drugs

‘Rooted in archaeological, historical, and ethnographic data presented by scholars with first-hand knowledge of the implications, nuances, and limits of the evidence. . . . The articles neatly intersect to form a coherent and collective examination of the drink in past and present Andean societies.’—Reviews in Anthropology

‘A comprehensive assessment of the current state of research and the range of views on continuity vs. change in this long-standing Andean tradition.’—Journal of Anthropological Research

Justin Jennings is senior curator of Latin American archaeology at the Royal Ontario Museum, as well as associate professor of anthropology at the University of Toronto. He is the author or editor of many books, including Globalizations and the Ancient World. Brenda J. Bowser, professor of anthropology at California State University, Fullerton, is the coeditor of The Archaeology of Meaningful Places.
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