Sobers only: Drunkenness and race in the entry to Stellenbosch bottle stores

Gannon L. ; Dubbeld B. (2010)


This article is based on ethnographic research in four bottle stores in Stellenbosch. Prior to beginning the research, we believed it would yield fascinating accounts of interactions across race and class; instead we discovered how these stores are organised to prevent this interaction from occurring. We focus on one particular store that is especially efficient at preventing interaction, describing the organisation of the store and how people inhabit it. Finally, we link these observations to an understanding of the relationship between race and drunkenness in Stellenbosch, and suggest that these entrances to bottle store are sites of the contemporary production of racial inequality and pathology. © South African Sociological Association.

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