Debunking current stereotypes of the homeless. Fusing ethnography, photography, and social theory, Bourgois and Schonberg take the reader on the frantic roller coaster ride of daily subsistence among a clique of indigent heroin addicts. This book should be required reading for anyone interested in public health policy, homelessness and addiction. Later on when Tina needed things it seemed like common sense to sell sex to men. The insights into the lives, hopes, and dreams of these young men, who serve as an example for many Muslim and otherwise marginalized immigrant youth groups in Western countries, provides the context necessary to understand their actions while never obscuring the many contradictory facets of their lives. They spent incredible twelve years by participant observation of twenty middle-aged intravenous heroin addicts, whose everyday concerns were to satisfy their basic living needs especially those which result from their addiction and fight to retain their dignity and respect in gears of marginalization and stigmatization.
The monograph, in a masterly way combining classical e Anthropologist Philippe Bourgois, currently employed by the University of Pennsylvania, became widely known in social sciences as an author of the book In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio 1995 , ethnography of inner-city street culture in East Harlem. It traces the lives of a group of individuals living in shelters on the margins of society, gathering their histories and discussing their methods for survival and feeding their addictions. As a resident of San Francisco, I encounter homeless individuals on a daily basis. They have destructive impact on marginalized groups of population and they even constitute these groups. She spent most of her time and energy, however, in pursuit of crack, shoplifting from the stores on Edgewater Boulevard and throughout the Mission District. I would say without hesitation that this book has altered the way I think about politics and policy and the way I view the people and the world around me.
The failure to live up to the patriarchal ideal of autocratically controlling women may explain the routinized misogyny prevalent among lumpenized men on the street. Responses to this trend included government legislation, a decline in clinics and doctors offering abortion services, and also the formation of Common Ground, an alliance bringing together activists from both sides to address shared concerns. Intellectually challenging and extremely pertinent to what I see on a daily basis in the bay area. Most of the spur of the moment, crisis-driven windows of opportunity for changing the lives of street addicts are missed because underfunding, exacerbated by neoliberal audit culture, forces treatment programs to exclude risky patients. Leading medical anthropologist Elisa Sobo rises to the challenge of truly integrating biology and culture. Towards the end of the chapter, it displays how the medical system affects the homeless. It will therefore appeal not only to students and researchers involved in social and health-related qualitative research, or those seeking to conduct innovative visual projects within the social sciences, but also to scholars interested in research methods, visual ethnography and harm reduction approaches to drug use.
They are not 'lazy, unworthy, morally unrepentant' individuals, but people who fell through the cracks of the increasingly neo-liberal, capitalist, War on Drugs nation that would rather give profits to multinational corporations than create social service safety nets for the indigent. I had to read this for my medical anthropology class and it was worth reading beyond needing to know for the exam. None maintained regular contact with their progeny. The authors have drawn on literary and artistic sources as well as the large pool of scientific literature to compile a comprehensive and fascinating account of this world-changing drug. A powerful book for anyone looking for more understanding about addiction and homelessness. Weird because he was generally such a good guy.
Stunning and highly recommended for those who can bear to read it. Through hundreds of hours of interviews, participant observation, and random tracking of homeless people through social service agencies in Austin, Texas. Subsequently he conducted a several year long intensive field research. Abstract: Introduces the world of homelessness and drug addiction in the contemporary United States. Being a homeless addict is hard, and working with homeless addicts is hard too.
A wonderfully researched and heartbreaking ethnographic study of homeless addicts in San Francisco. All of the book award money and royalties from the sales of this book have been donated to farm worker unions, farm worker organizations and farm worker projects in consultation with farm workers who appear in the book. What can we learn from an ethnography about the production of identity, creation of kinship, and use of diamonds in understanding selves and social relationships? People should get the death penalty because they have far too many privileges in prison that people actually want to go there. As sociologist Loic Wacquant rightfully stated, if Pierre Bourdieu, George Orwell and American photographer of the Great Recession Walker Evans had joined, they would have been unable to produce more revealing insight. We return to the period of our fieldwork described at the end of chapter 2, when Tina confessed to Jeff at the Thanksgiving picnic that she had started injecting heroin.
This study develops a cast of characters around the themes of violence, race relations, sexuality, family trauma, embodied suffering, social inequality, and power relations. Jeff Schonberg provided haunting photographs for the book. The Land of Open Graves will spark debate and controversy. This site is like a library, you could find million book here by using search box in the widget. Evidence shows that heroin is dangerous principally because it is illegal. These dopefiends are 'made in America'. That said, the book helped me develop a mental framework for thinking about problems of homelessness and addiction.
All of the Edgewater homeless except Hank had children, and most had been married and divorced. In addition to dependence, substance abuse and homelessness are associated with difference medical aspects. For several decades now, his work has posed a challenge to anyone who dares say that radically improving the health of the world's poor can't be done. She became numb to the act and treats it as a source of currency to obtain favors; exercising her femininity when it became advantageous to her. They can't do anything with knowledge except create unproductive self blame. He stood up, but his leg muscles spasmed and he fell down the highway embankment. Must be read - and seen.
The book is full of fascinating anecdotes, humanizing insights, heartbreaking photos, and thoughtful commentary. Its gripping narrative develops a cast of characters around the themes of violence, race relations, sexuality, family trauma, embodied suffering, social inequality, and power relations. One of the recommendations, most of which we have to say is not original, is a socially controversial although pragmatic — and, as shown by criminology as well as medical studies also effective — provision of heroine on medical prescription. On the application level they provide recommendations for changing policies and they engage in the interest of their informants. The rusted shopping carts many of the homeless used to keep their possessions safe were defined. But for the grace of god… Neuroanthropology is a collaborative weblog created to encourage exchanges among anthropology, philosophy, social theory, and the brain sciences.