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Righteous Dopefiend

Righteous Dopefiend - 09 edition

Righteous Dopefiend - 09 edition

ISBN13: 9780520254985

ISBN10: 0520254988

Righteous Dopefiend by Philippe Bourgois and Jeff Schonberg - ISBN 9780520254985
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 09
Copyright: 2009
Publisher: University of California Press
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Righteous Dopefiend by Philippe Bourgois and Jeff Schonberg - ISBN 9780520254985

ISBN13: 9780520254985

ISBN10: 0520254988

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 09

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Summary

This powerful study immerses the reader in the world of homelessness and drug addiction in the contemporary United States. For over a decade Philippe Bourgois and Jeff Schonberg followed a social network of two dozen heroin injectors and crack smokers on the streets of San Francisco, accompanying them as they scrambled to generate income through burglary, panhandling, recycling, and day labor. Righteous Dopefiend interweaves stunning black-and-white photographs with vivid dialogue, detailed field notes, and critical theoretical analysis. 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. The result is a dispassionate chronicle of survival, loss, caring, and hope rooted in the addicts' determination to hang on for one more day and one more "fix" through a "moral economy of sharing" that precariously balances mutual solidarity and interpersonal betrayal.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Theory of Lumpen Abuse

1. Intimate Apartheid
2. Falling in Love
3. A Community of Addicted Bodies
4. Childhoods
5. Making Money
6. Parenting
7. Male Love
8. Everyday Addicts
9. Treatment

Conclusion: Critically Applied Public Anthropology
References
Notes on the Photographs
Acknowledgments

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