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6. The Aräqe Dilemma: The Socioeconomics of Traditional Distilled Alcohol Production, Marketing, and Consumption in Ethiopia
Author: Author: Yeraswork Admassie and Ezana Amdework
FSS Monograph No.6

Aräqe, the subject of this study, is a ubiquitous feature of present day Ethiopian society – with the exception of the predominantly Muslim communities. Its production, marketing, and consumption are so widespread and so entrenched that the issue of illicitness is almost never raised. Throughout the fieldwork informing this study, its legality was not questioned even once – by ordinary folks, police officers and local administrators alike.
Aräqe is more than the alcoholic drink of choice for people living in rural and small towns of Ethiopia, and its popularity is on the rise even in the big towns and cities.
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7. Participation of Women in Politics and Public Decision Making in Ethiopia
Author: Meaza Ashenafi
FSS Monograph No.5

This monograph was originally produced as a Masters Thesis. It is based on the premise that women's independent organized activities, whether carried out at policy or community level, as well as women's formal political participation are both important and complementary. The question addressed in this research is what contributions have been made by women’s independent organized activities and formal political participation, towards enhancing the empowerment of women and ensuring their participation in governance. The study examines the roles played by women in public decision making arenas.

8. Development Interventions in Wollaita, 1960s-2000s: A Critical 1Review
Author: Author: Dessalegn Rahmato
FSS Monograph No.4

This study examines the development interventions in Wollaita during the last four and half decades from the point of view of three key determinants of poverty and destitution, namely, population dynamics and land shortage, urbanization and commercialization, and livelihood diversification. The study suggests that a considerable policy shift is needed to put these determinants at center stage and to accelerate the pace of development.
9. Lord, Zèga and Peasant: A Study of Property and Agrarian Relationsin Rural Eastern Gojjam
Author: Habtamu Mengistie
The work analyses the socio economic condition of peasants, an impoverished and subordinate class known as zèga, and lords in the Northern part of Ethiopia. It introduces the institution of zègenät into the historical discourse on Ethiopia and provides an insight into its implication for class and the land tenure system in rural Gojjam. The study contends that the property system was not an impediment to the economic growth of the country.
10. Poverty and the Social Context of Sex Work in Addis Ababa: An Anthropological Perspective
Author: Bethlehem Tekola
This book explores the social ties of sex workers in Ethiopia and critiques the very common castigation of sex workers as social misfits who pose dangers to society. It proposes a human approach that makes a distinction between the institution of commercial sex and the women who practice it.

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