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The value of ethnographic alcohol studies: A psychologist's perspective

By Patrick B. Johnson


Drinking behavior has been studied by scientists from a variety of social science disciplines including anthropology, economics, sociology, and psychology. The very nature of their narrow, discipline-based training and work, however, has often prevented these scientists from appreciating each other's different methodologies and from conducting cooperative, interdisciplinary studies. In this paper, I discuss how my own experience with ethnographic alcohol studies influenced my research on drinking behavior. I then outline a research strategy that could be used to foster interdisciplinary alcohol studies.ethnography alcohol drinking spiral methodology

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