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Gender, Drink and Drugs by Maryon McDonald
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May 18, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: sociology, gender, non-fiction

This book did not hold my attention. Among a majority of boring and not-fully-realized chapters, there were some really interesting morsels of information. An ex-policeman gives an perspective on the way that women are usually "dealt out" of criminal charges to do with drinking/drugs. Some of the various ethnographic studies of cultures (Japan, Peru, etc.), and how society views drinking, were absorbing. However, too often the studies felt rather lacking. Also, the issues were broadly repetitive and a little depressing: people drink because they have problems, and the drinking leads to even more problems. Illuminating, huh? I suppose I was just looking for more nuanced answers as to why people drink and how that differs around the world and according to gender. Perhaps those nuanced answers don't exist.
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