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You Owe Yourself a Drunk: Ethnography of Urban Nomads
An account of the experiences of men who are repeatedly arrested for public drunkenness. This book challenges the idea that these men are simply rejects from society, who cannot organize their behavior by cultural traditions. Using the recently discovered methods of formal ethnographic analysis, the author presents this urban sub-culture as it relates to law enforcement ag ...more
Paperback, 301 pages
Published February 21st 1988 by University Press of America
(first published May 28th 1970)
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I was expecting an ethnography of alcoholics. What I got was an analysis of prison life and over-zealous criminalization. I know that this is a classic, but it was better than I expected. Also useful for those thinking about various ethnographic methods for studying closed groups. Spradley does a variety of things, with varied results. Its an interesting read with a lot to take away.