By Barbara D. Miller
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In India, water is served and consumed at the end of the meal. Around the world, different categories of people drink different beverages. In cultures where alcoholic beverages are consumed, men tend to consume more than women. Culture often defines the meaning of particular drinks and the style of drinking and serving them. Social drinking— whether the beverage is coffee, beer, or vodka—creates and reinforces bonds. S. college fraternities are a good example. In an ethnographic film entitled Salamanders, filmed at a large university in the northeastern United States, the fraternity brothers run to various “stations” in the fraternity house, downing a beer at each (Hornbein and Hornbein 1992).
Another area of cultural variation involves who is responsible for cooking and serving food. In many cultures, domestic cooking is women’s responsibility, but cooking for public feasts is more often something that men do. Power issues may arise about who cooks what for whom (see Think Like an Anthropologist). Drinking Cross-cultural variations related to drinking are also complex. Every culture defines the appropriate substances to drink, when to drink and with whom, and the meanings of the beverages and drinking occasions.
Localization is happening all around us, all the time. Consider the example of McDonald’s restaurants. In many Asian settings, people resist the pattern of eating quickly and insist on leisurely family gatherings (Watson 1997). The McDonald’s managers accommodate this preference and alter the pace of service to allow for a slower turnover of tables. In Saudi Arabia, McDonald’s provides separate areas for families, including women accompanied by a husband or father or brother, and for single men.
Cultural anthropology by Barbara D. Miller