The paper examines cooperative labor and its relationship with beer drinking rituals in South Africa’s Transkei. The analysis is placed within a historical context and the evolution of both cooperative labor and beer drinking in response to specific political, ecological, and socioeconomic circumstances. This facilitates a critique of the conventional approach to work parties and the standard typology of cooperative work in Africa and has important implications for one of anthropology’s major concerns over the past decade—the study of commodities and consumption.

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