By Eugene Raikhel
Bringing anthropological views to endure on dependancy, the members to this crucial assortment spotlight the contingency of dependancy as a class of human wisdom and adventure. in response to ethnographic study performed in websites from alcohol remedy clinics in Russia to Pentecostal dependancy ministries in Puerto Rico, the essays are associated by means of the members' cognizance to the dynamics—including the cultural, medical, felony, non secular, own, and social—that form the that means of "addiction" specifically settings. They research the way it is known and skilled between execs operating within the felony justice procedure of a rural West Virginia neighborhood; Hispano citizens of latest Mexico's Espanola Valley, the place the speed of heroin overdose is without doubt one of the optimum within the usa; homeless girls engaging in an outpatient habit remedy application within the Midwest; machine-gaming addicts in Las Vegas, etc. The collection's editors recommend "addiction trajectories" as an invaluable rubric for studying the altering meanings of dependancy throughout time, position, associations, and person lives. Pursuing 3 fundamental trajectories, the individuals exhibit how habit comes into being as an item of information, a website of healing intervention, and a resource of subjective experience.
Contributors. Nancy D. Campbell, E. Summerson Carr, Angela Garcia, William Garriott, Helena Hansen, Anne M. Lovell, Emily Martin, Todd Meyers, Eugene Raikhel, A. Jamie Saris, Natasha Dow Schüll
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This notion encompasses several distinct kinds of movement: that of ideas through time and space, of interventions through diverse institutional domains, and of subjects across the dimensions of experience and subjectivity. As the story of Pavel with which we began the introduction shows, addicts are agents of the contemporary world trying to navigate its distinct contours. They are subjects seeking transformations at the level of their own personhood and experience; they are objects of knowledge for contemporary science and other epistemic cultures; and they are targets of a host of therapeutic interventions, from the medical to the punitive.
She had been on her way to work, Alma recalled, driving along the winding two-lane highway that connects Española to Chimayó. Days before her death, Ana had called Alma to share the news that she was pregnant. Following local custom, the Gallegos family put up a handmade descanso in the very spot that Ana was killed. Alma told me that afternoon in front of the library that it still marked the spot of her sister’s death and asked if I’d seen it. She described the plastic yellow ﬂowers and fading family portrait that adorned Ana’s wooden cross.
Williams 1977: 132). This constellation is derived from lived, material histories that become embodied in changing cultural practices, in meanings, and in emotional resonances. According to Williams, at any given time, multiple structures of feeling are in operation, corresponding roughly to the generations living at that time. Each generation creates its own structure of feeling in response to the world it inherits—taking up or abandoning the value, sentiments, and practices of its predecessors.
Addiction Trajectories by Eugene Raikhel