- Daniel Goldman
- New Paltz, NY
- United States
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Do anthropologists have a negative bias towards alcohol?
I've only had a chance to do a small amount of research on the topic of alcohol as it relates to anthropology. However, even though alcohol certainly has positive effects on populations such as acting as a societal glue, anthropologists seem to focus on the negative effects related to its use.
Is this an actual bias or have I simply not researched enough in order to find the anthropologists focusing on the positives of alcohol use? Also, if there is a bias, why? Is it due to the western, and thus "puritan", origins of anthropological research?