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Distilling the Influence of AlcoholAguardiente in Guatemalan History$
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David Carey Jr.

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813041629

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813041629.001.0001

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Introduction: Writing a History of Alcohol in Guatemala

Introduction: Writing a History of Alcohol in Guatemala

(p.1) Introduction: Writing a History of Alcohol in Guatemala
Distilling the Influence of Alcohol

David Carey

University Press of Florida

Because its sale, production, and consumption were steady throughout the year, alcohol, more than any other commodity (including coffee, which generally involved Maya only during the harvest season), was at the center of relations between Maya, ladinos, and the state in Guatemala. Alcohol was a marker of social position and cultural identity, a crucial component in community and state building, and a commodity around which different cultural traditions and policing policies developed and evolved. In this sense, alcohol provides a window into the broader history of Guatemala where a Hispanicized state confronted its predominantly indigenous subjects at every turn.

Keywords:   Alcohol, Latin America, State building, Social relations, Economics, Policing

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