Waltraud Ernst, ed., Alcohol Flows across Cultures: Drinking Cultures in Transnational and Comparative Perspective (Routledge, forthcoming 2018).

This book maps changing patterns of drinking. Emphasis is on the connected histories of different regions and populations across the globe in regard to consumption patterns, government policies, economics and representations of alcohol and drinking.

This transnational perspective facilitates an understanding of the local, transnational and global factors that have had a bearing on alcohol consumption and legislation and especially on the emergence of particular styles of ‘drinking cultures’. A comparative approach helps identify similarities, differences and crossovers between particular regions and pinpoint the parameters that shape alcohol consumption, policies, legal and illegal production, and popular perceptions.

The exploration of plural drinking cultures within any one region, their association with specific social groups, and their continuities and changes in the wake of wider global, colonial and postcolonial economic, political and social constraints and exchanges are important dimensions of analysis. Geographic areas focused on include Europe, North America, North and Southern Africa, and Asia.