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    Stanley Brandes(Author)

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Staying sober is a daily struggle for many men living in Mexico City, one of the world's largest, grittiest urban centers. In this engaging study, Stanley Brandes focuses on a common therapeutic response to alcoholism, Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.), which boasts an enormous following throughout Mexico and much of Latin America.


Over several years, Brandes observed and participated in an all-men's chapter of A.A. located in a working class district of Mexico City. Employing richly textured ethnography, he analyzes the group's social dynamics, therapeutic effectiveness, and ritual and spiritual life. Brandes demonstrates how recovering alcoholics in Mexico redefine gender roles in order to preserve masculine identity. He also explains how an organization rooted historically in evangelical Protestantism has been able to flourish in Roman Catholic Latin America.

"This is an impeccably crafted work by one of the most widely respected anthropologists of his generation... I am quite confident that it will become not only the standard reference on the cultural study of alcoholism in Mexico, but also one of the very best overall social science contributions to the study of Mexican culture produced in the last fifty years." --Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, Victor S. Thomas Professor and Codirector of the Harvard Immigration Project, Harvard University

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  • PDF | 259 pages
  • Stanley Brandes(Author)
  • University of Texas Press; 1 edition (15 May 2002)
  • English
  • 9
  • Health, Family & Lifestyle

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  • By John Crosbie on 13 June 2010

    This is a book that I came across some years ago, and subsequently purchased. It is a fasciniating insight not only to the dynamics of Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, but also to life in one of the biggest cities in the world. it is also a study of the male pshyce, in a poverty stricken existence. The power of AA in Mexico is a force to be reckoned with and its impact in socially engineering the macho culture is intriguing. That said, its impact on changing that culture, would , in terms USA/UK of progress, be stuck in, maybe the fifties..It must be said that there is a repetitiveness in some of Stanley Brandes social observations, but also wonderful revelations of social forensics, that could be compared to our own macho/ chauvinistic cultures, inherent, currently in Glasgow or Edinburgh.As a study in alcoholism, in Latin American culture, it is truly an education


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