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    Wine Drinking Culture in France: A National Myth or a Modern Passion? (French and Francophone Studies (Paperback)) (Paperback) By (author) Marion Demossier

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    DescriptionThis book provides a new interpretation of the relationship between consumption, drinking culture, memory and cultural identity in an age of rapid political and economic change. Using France as a case-study it explores the construction of a national drinking culture - the myths, symbols and practices surrounding it - and then through a multisited ethnography of wine consumption demonstrates how that culture is in the process of being transformed. Wine drinking culture in France has traditionally been a source of pride for the French and in an age of concerns about the dangers of 'binge-drinking', a major cause of jealousy for the British. Wine drinking and the culture associated with it are, for many, an essential part of what it means to be French, but they are also part of a national construction. Described by some as a national product, or as a 'totem drink', wine and its attendant cultures supposedly characterise Frenchness in much the same way as being born in France, fighting for liberty or speaking French. Yet this traditional picture is now being challenged by economic, social and political forces that have transformed consumption patterns and led to the fragmentation of wine drinking culture. The aim of this book is to provide an original account of the various causes of the long-term decline in alcohol consumption and of the emergence of a new wine drinking culture since the 1970s and to analyse its relationship to national and regional identity.

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    Wine Drinking Culture in France
    A National Myth or a Modern Passion?
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Marion Demossier
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 318 g
    ISBN 13: 9780708323212
    ISBN 10: 0708323219

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DDF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.6
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Ingram Subject Code: AH
    Libri: I-AH
    BISAC V2.8: SOC005000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET050
    Ingram Theme: CULT/FRANCE
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24580
    BIC subject category V2: JFCV
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/21CNTY
    Abridged Dewey: 301
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    LC classification: GN
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/LATE20
    BISAC V2.8: CKB088000, SOC002010
    BIC subject category V2: 1DDF
    DC22: 394.120944
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    DC22: 394.130944
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    University of Wales Press
    Imprint name
    University of Wales Press
    Publication date
    15 February 2011
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    Author Information
    Dr Marion Demossier is Senior Lecturer in French and European Studies at the University of Bath. She has been trained as a social anthropologist at the EHESS in Paris where she gained her PhD. She is the author of various works on wine producers, drinking cultures and wine consumers in France and has published on cultural identities in France and Europe.
    Table of contents
    Introduction Chapter one: Drink, Consumption and Identity Chapter two: Changes to a National Drinking Culture Chapter three: A new French Wine Drinking Culture? Chapter four: Contemporary Discourses and Representations Chapter five: Ethnographies and Contexts Chapter six: Passion for Wine and Life-Stories Chapter seven: Between Self-Reflexivity, Distinction and Social Connectedness Chapter eight: Globalisation, Nation and the Region, The New Wine Drinking Culture