so i just found out a couple days ago that the abstract i submitted to the association for the study of food and society june conference was accepted, which is pretty awesome.
(a few days ago? you ask. why didn't i tell you before? no lie, i was a little distracted by homework and midterms. and a quick trip home for my older sister's birthday. these things happen.)
right now it looks like i've been placed on a panel, but we'll see what happens when we get there. i might just end up miming the whole thing.
i'm incredibly lucky to be participating in this conference along with some other gastronomy major friends — kd, la, dc — and i know a lot of other friends are planning to attend, so it's just going to be all-around wonderful.
that all said, if you're wondering where i'll be these next few months, i'll be working on my thesis.
oh, and participant-observing some holidays and all that.
drink up! drinking holidays, social deviance, and taboos
drinking holidays – holidays in which alcohol consumption is an intrinsic element of celebration - are expressions of culture, ritualistic displays and practices that help affirm and reaffirm group identity and beliefs. and yet, through assimilation and enculturation, many drinking holidays have evolved into societally condoned days of social deviance, when acts that would normally be considered taboo or transgress societal norms undergo a perception of reduced personal accountability.
by using ethnographic methods, such as interviews and participant observation, to examine st. patrick’s day and cinco de mayo, this paper will explore the ways in which holidays have undergone a cultural transformation and how nationalistic celebrations are reinterpreted to encourage and justify drinking and social deviance. this paper will also explore the dichotomies of participant perceptions, those who partake in over-indulgence and those who do not, and the ways in which governmental agencies respond to and engage with revelers.