Drinking, especially drinking alcohol has been a significant part of different cultures across the world. From the sake drinking salarymen of Tokyo to the burgundy sipping flaneurs of Paris, alcohol fulfills a wide range of functions. It has religious, familial, social and political meaning and it has always played a key role in the production and expression of identity.
Laurie Taylor discovers how the act of consuming or indeed abstaining from alcohol ties in with self-presentation, ethnicity, class and culture when he talks to Tom Wilson, Professor of Anthropology at the Department of Anthropology, Binghamton University, State University of New York and Dick Hobbs, Professor of Sociology at the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Durham.
WOMEN IN IRANIAN CINEMA
After the establishment of the Islamic Republic in Iran in 1979, the public presence of women and the expression of romantic love became highly restricted. The authorities imposed a dress code for women (the hejab) and enforced sexual segregation. In the absence of a free press, it was Iranian cinema that reflected these social changes and the treatment of women; they portrayed - and continue to portray - the ongoing struggle between the forces of modernity and traditionalism, in which women and their bodies have become a battleground.
Laurie Taylor is joined by social anthropologist, Dr. Ziba Mir-Hosseini , whose latest paper, Negotiating the Forbidden: Women and sexual love in Iranian Cinema, examines these issues.
Professor of Anthropology at the Department of Anthropology at Binghamton University, State University of New York
Professor of Sociology at the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Durham,
Edited by Thomas M Wilson
Publisher: Berg Publishers
Gluttony, 'Binge Drinking' and the binge economy
By Dick Hobbs
(From the Seven Deadly Sins report published for the ESRC Social Sciences Week 2005)
Dr. Ziba Mir-Hosseini
Social anthropologist and research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin
Paper Negotiating the Forbidden: Women and sexual love in Iranian Cinema, given at the Iran Heritage Conference in Oxford
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