Righteous Dopefiend

Author:   Philippe Bourgois ,  Jeffrey Schonberg
Publisher:   University of California Press
Volume:   21
ISBN:  

9780520254985


Pages:   392
Publication Date:   29 May 2009
Format:   Paperback
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This powerful work of gonzo journalism, predating the widespread acknowledgement of the opioid epidemic as such, immerses the reader in the world of homelessness and drug and alcohol abuse 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 in the San Francisco drug scene, accompanying them as they scrambled to generate income through burglary, larceny, panhandling, recycling, and day labor. Righteous Dopefiend interweaves stunning black-and-white photography with vivid dialogue, oral biography, detailed field notes, and critical theoretical analysis to viscerally illustrate the life of a drug addict. Its gripping narrative develops a cast of characters around the themes of violence, racism and race relations, sexuality, trauma, embodied suffering, social inequality, and power relations. The result is a dispassionate chronicle of fixes and overdoses; of survival, loss, caring, and hope rooted in the drug abusers' determination to hang on for one more day, through a moral economy of sharing that precariously balances mutual solidarity and interpersonal betrayal.]

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Author:   Philippe Bourgois ,  Jeffrey Schonberg
Publisher:   University of California Press
Imprint:   University of California Press
Volume:   21
Dimensions:   Width: 17.80cm , Height: 2.30cm , Length: 24.10cm
Weight:   0.998kg
ISBN:  

9780520254985


ISBN 10:   0520254988
Pages:   392
Publication Date:   29 May 2009
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate ,  Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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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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A deeply nuanced picture of a population that cannot escape social reprobation, but deserves social inclusion... The collage of case studies, field notes, personal narratives and photography is nothing short of enthralling. - Starred Review Publishers Weekly Get this book and read it... A hell of a story... These people walk by you every day and should not remain invisible. San Francisco Bay Guardian Leaders and readers alike should pay attention to - and heed its warnings and advice... Unflinching and objective... Must be read - and seen. San Francisco Chronicle The authors dare you to ignore the subculture in their field notes and arresting black-and-white images, urging that our failed social systems need repairing and we cannot continue to let these outliers remain invisible. Utne Recommended. Choice One of the most original and important works of its kind... A pathbreaking photo-ethnography, powerful in presentation, content and scope... A must-read, [it] will rock the world of the sheltered middle class and shed new light on the pervasive structural inequalities plaguing contemporary society. -- Elijah Anderson, author of Streetwise: Race, Class, and Change in an Urban Community. Philadelphia Inquirer Truly remarkable book. -- Grazyna Zajdow Arena Magazine Powerfully candid. Zocalo (The Public Square Blog) With a combination of photographs, dialogue, field notes and critical theory, the book provides a detailed analysis of the social structure of an underground society in contemporary America. Roof Magazine This book offers as complete and disturbing a view as can be had of just how awful and intractable street life in San Francisco can get. San Francisco Chronicle


A deeply nuanced picture of a population that cannot escape social reprobation, but deserves social inclusion... The collage of case studies, field notes, personal narratives and photography is nothing short of enthralling. - Starred Review--Publishers Weekly Get this book and read it... A hell of a story... These people walk by you every day and should not remain invisible. --San Francisco Bay Guardian Leaders and readers alike should pay attention to - and heed its warnings and advice... Unflinching and objective... Must be read - and seen. --San Francisco Chronicle The authors dare you to ignore the subculture in their field notes and arresting black-and-white images, urging that our failed social systems need repairing and we cannot continue to let these outliers remain invisible. --Utne One of the most original and important works of its kind... A pathbreaking photo-ethnography, powerful in presentation, content and scope... A must-read, [it] will rock the world of the sheltered middle class and shed new light on the pervasive structural inequalities plaguing contemporary society. --Philadelphia Inquirer


A deeply nuanced picture of a population that cannot escape social reprobation, but deserves social inclusion... The collage of case studies, field notes, personal narratives and photography is nothing short of enthralling. - Starred Review Publishers Weekly 20090413 Get this book and read it... A hell of a story... These people walk by you every day and should not remain invisible. San Francisco Bay Guardian 20090819 Leaders and readers alike should pay attention to - and heed its warnings and advice... Unflinching and objective... Must be read - and seen. San Francisco Chronicle 20090621 The authors dare you to ignore the subculture in their field notes and arresting black-and-white images, urging that our failed social systems need repairing and we cannot continue to let these outliers remain invisible. Utne 20090701 Recommended. Choice 20100708 One of the most original and important works of its kind... A pathbreaking photo-ethnography, powerful in presentation, content and scope... A must-read, [it] will rock the world of the sheltered middle class and shed new light on the pervasive structural inequalities plaguing contemporary society. -- Elijah Anderson, author of Streetwise: Race, Class, and Change in an Urban Community. Philadelphia Inquirer 20091004 Truly remarkable book. -- Grazyna Zajdow Arena Magazine 20110617 Powerfully candid. Zocalo (The Public Square Blog) 20090601 With a combination of photographs, dialogue, field notes and critical theory, the book provides a detailed analysis of the social structure of an underground society in contemporary America. Roof Magazine 20090501 This book offers as complete and disturbing a view as can be had of just how awful and intractable street life in San Francisco can get. San Francisco Chronicle 20091210


Author Information

Philippe Bourgois is Richard Perry University Professor of Anthropology and Family and Community Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Jeff Schonberg is a photographer and a graduate student in medical anthropology at the University of California, San Francisco.

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