Irish-American Catholics in a West Coast Metropolitan Area

  • Joan Ablon


Belief systems concerning alcohol usage available to us in emic terms often only tell us certain values about drinking. They may indicate whether drinking is positively accepted at all, who is allowed to drink, in what quantity, under what circumstances, and with what results. Much less frequently we learn about the insiders’ explanations of why they believe they drink. Causal models exist, but they tend to be etically derived. Ordinarily they are imposed post hoc by psychologists, psychiatrists, sociologists, or less often, anthropologists. As anthropologists, we aim to make our proposals as informed as possible by the insiders’ point of view.


Heavy Drinking Drinking Behavior Drinking Pattern Irish Woman Excessive Drinking 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joan Ablon
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  1. 1.Medical Anthropology ProgramUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA

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