You Owe Yourself a Drunk: An Ethnography of Urban Nomads

You Owe Yourself a Drunk: An Ethnography of Urban Nomads

by James P. Spradley
     
 

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… See more details below

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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 agencies. Life in one jail is described in detail, showing how it changes the men's personal identities, teaching them the skills of this sub-culture and motivating them to adopt a nomadic way of life where drinking is a great social value. Originally published by Little, Brown and Company in 1970.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781577660859
Publisher:
Waveland Press, Inc.
Publication date:
11/06/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
57.50(w) x 82.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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