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The SAGE Encyclopedia of Alcohol

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Alcohol
Social, Cultural, and Historical Perspectives

Three Volume Set
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January 2015 | 1 704 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Alcohol: Social, Cultural, and Historical Perspectives examines the history of alcohol worldwide and goes beyond the historical lens to examine alcohol as a cultural and social phenomenon, used both for good and for ill. While these roots are traced back through nearly all human societies for the past thousands of years, many results are still present in today’s society. Some examples include Germany’s repute of being known as a “beer culture” and France’s as a “wine culture.” With alcohol having many purposes and significance, it has become a strong part of cultures around the world as usage ranges from religious purposes to a simple toast to a seal business deal.


Key Features:

  • 550 entries are organized A-to-Z, available in a choice of electronic or print formats.
  • Entries, authored and signed by academics, conclude with cross references and further readings.
  • A detailed index, the Reader’s Guide, and cross references combine for search-and-browse in the electronic version.
  • Back matter includes a timeline, appendices (alcohol statistics, toasts in languages from around the world, etc.), and a helpful Resource Guide directing students to classic books, journals, and web sites for more in-depth study.

This reference work will serve as a general, non-technical resource for students and researchers who are interested in expanding their knowledge on social, cultural, and historical perspectives on topics relating to alcohol.

"The SAGE Encyclopedia of Alcohol: Social, Cultural, and Historical Perspectives is a unique documentation of the uses of alcohol in human societies. Taking a sociocultural approach rather than a medical stance warning against the use and abuse alcohol consumption, this title examines various cultures and their affinities for certain types of alcohol... There are 550 entries that are organized alphabetically and are authored and signed by academics with cross-references and further readings, in addition to a helpful resource guide that highlights classic books, journals, and Websites for more specialized study."

ARBA Staff Reviewer

"...With its broad and thorough coverage of the history of alcohol making and consumption, myriad beverage types, and cultural uses, this encyclopedia will support culinary, hospitality, and restaurant management programs and will also aid inquiry in a variety of academic fields, notably history, sociology, addictions counseling, and social work. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All academic audiences; students enrolled in technical programs; general readers; professionals/practitioners."

J.M. Enomoto
Florida Golf Coast University

Scott Christopher Martin

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