13 Contemp. Drug Probs. 587 (1986)
Alcohol Rationing and Control Systems in Greenland

handle is hein.journals/condp13 and id is 599 raw text is: Contemporary Drug ProblemsWinter 1986

Alcohol rationing and control
systems in Greenland
BY ELAINE J. SCHECHTER
An anthropologist at Columbia University, the author (840 East
8 St., Apt. 6F, Brooklyn, NVY 11230) has spent several years in
Greenland pursuing dissertation research on the interplay of
indigenous and colonial criminal justice systems.
Introduction: history
Greenland has a long history of prohibition and rationing. In
1782, 41 years after Danish colonization of Greenland began,
the colonial administration prohibited the sale or distribution
of alcohol to Greenlanders. But loopholes soon developed,
enabling Greenlandic employees of the Royal Greenland
Trade Department and the Christian mission to obtain liquor,
although not as much as the Danes. Those Greenlanders not
in government employ could be served liquor as a reward for
special jobs such as whale flensing, water carrying, and coal
mining.
Rationing was introduced in 1929, still granting greater
quantities to privileged groups-Danes and employed Green-
AUTHOR'S NOTE: This article was revised from a paper presented at the
annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Chicago,
November 1983, and published in Swedish in Alkoholpolitik, no. 1 (1986):
27-40.
© 1987 by Federal Legal Publications, Inc.

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