Power and inhibition: a revision of the magical potency theory

The drinking man Free Press New York Published In Pages: 73-98
By Wanner, Eric


This book chapter (4) follows up suggestions from a previous chapter (3) by McClelland et.al. that in non-solidary societies heavy drinking is associated with conflict about personal power and alcohol provides a way of acting out impulses aimed at impacting others. Support was found for this theory using an analysis of words in folktales.