Beer, Sociability, and Masculinity in South Africa - African Systems of Thought (Paperback)Anne Kelk Mager (author)
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Beer connects commercial, social, and political history in this sobering look at the culture of drinking in South Africa. Beginning where stories of colonial liquor control and exploitation leave off, Anne Kelk Mager looks at the current commerce of beer, its valorizing of male sociability and sports, and the corporate culture of South African Breweries [SAB], the world's most successful brewing company. Mager shows how the industry, dominated by a single brewer, was compelled to comply with legislation that divided customers along racial lines, but also promoted images of multi-racial social drinking in the final years of apartheid. Since the transition to majority rule, SAB has rapidly expanded into new markets-including the United States with the purchase of Miller Brewing Company. This lively book affords a unique view into global manufacturing, monopolies, politics and public culture, race relations, and cold beer.
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
It is refreshing to read a work of history that bravely crosses the border into the post-apartheid era.April 2011 * American Historical Review *
Mager's book raises important questions about the transformation of South Africa that can be examined through the beer industry. Vol. 52.2, 2011 * Journal of African History *
There is fascinating material on social change in this book, and the discussion of drinking and male sociability offers a significant contribution to the field.March, 2011 * H-Africa *
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