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Beer and Racism

How Beer Became White, Why It Matters, and the Movements to Change It

By Nathaniel Chapman and David Brunsma

Published

14 Oct 2020

Page count

228 pages

Series

Sociology of Diversity

ISBN

978-1529201796

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

14 Oct 2020

Page count

228 pages

Series

Sociology of Diversity

ISBN

978-1529201758

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

14 Oct 2020

Page count

228 pages

Series

Sociology of Diversity

ISBN

978-1529201772

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

14 Oct 2020

Page count

228 pages

Series

Sociology of Diversity

ISBN

978-1529201772

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Beer and Racism

In the media

On our blog: “Come on! Now beer is racist?” Well, yes and no
'Beer and Society'
in The Measure of Everyday Life podcast
'‘Beer and Racism’: Uncomfortable, but necessary, reading' in Appellation Beer
'‘Beer and Racism’ coauthor Nathaniel Chapman' in the It Starts With Beer podcast
'Life Unraveled #84 with Dr. Nate Chapman' in Life Unraveled Podcast

Beer in the United States has always been bound up with race, racism, and the construction of white institutions and identities.

Given the very quick rise of craft beer, as well as the myopic scholarly focus on economic and historical trends in the field, there is an urgent need to take stock of the intersectional inequalities that such realities gloss over.

This unique book carves a much-needed critical and interdisciplinary path to examine and understand the racial dynamics in the craft beer industry and the popular consumption of beer.

"This is a crucial addition to an emerging literature. Chapman and Brunsma explore the cultural connection of race and beer in all its aspects—from the racial history of commercial brewing to the white culture of homebrew clubs." Joseph Gerteis, University of Minnesota

"This book is a data rich and evidence based analysis of how beer, a seemingly innocuous cultural product, can carry deep racial meanings, and foster social change." Erik T. Withers, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

"This book is a must-read for anyone with a real interest in the craft beer industry. Readers will get unexpected societal lessons as well as great insights into the craft beer world from an often unrecognized perspective." Better on Draft

"From the racist marketing of malt liquor to the bearded-white-dude culture of craft beer, readers will never look at a frothy pint the same after reading Beer and Racism." Eli R. Wilson, University of New Mexico

"Chapman and Brunsma take the reader on an adventure in Beer and Racism, weaving together bits and pieces of extant research, along with primary source material, into a cohesive and thought-provoking narrative." Helena Darwin, Independent Scholar

“In this timely and fascinating book, the authors trace the deep history and contemporary conditions through which racism permeates the cultural production and consumption of craft beer.” Jennifer Smith Maguire, Sheffield Hallam University

Nathaniel G. Chapman is Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Arkansas Tech University.

David L. Brunsma is Professor of Sociology at Virginia Tech.

Foreword ~ Anthony Kwame Harrison

Brewing Up Race

Racism, Brewing, and Drinking in US History

The Making of the (White) Craft Beer Industry

The Paths to Becoming a Craft Brewer and Craft Beer Consumer

Exposure, Marketing, and Access: Malt Liquor and the Racialization of Taste

Gentrification and the Making of Craft Beer

White Spaces

#WeAreCraftBeer: Contemporary Movements to Change the Whiteness of Craft Beer