By Eugene Raikhel
Bringing anthropological views to undergo on dependancy, the individuals to this crucial assortment spotlight the contingency of dependancy as a class of human wisdom and adventure. in line with ethnographic learn carried out in websites from alcohol therapy clinics in Russia to Pentecostal dependancy ministries in Puerto Rico, the essays are associated via the members' cognizance to the dynamics—including the cultural, medical, criminal, non secular, own, and social—that form the which means of "addiction" specifically settings. They study the way it is known and skilled between execs operating within the felony justice method of a rural West Virginia group; 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 software within the Midwest; machine-gaming addicts in Las Vegas, and so on. The collection's editors recommend "addiction trajectories" as an invaluable rubric for interpreting the altering meanings of dependancy throughout time, position, associations, and person lives. Pursuing 3 basic trajectories, the members express how habit comes into being as an item of data, a domain 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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As described in Campbell’s chapter, the contemporary science and treatment of addiction has attempted to come to terms with this quality of addiction through the discourse of ‘‘triggers’’—those sights, sounds, smells, and people that are associated with using a particular substance and are understood to have the power to arouse the desire to use again. Those who have participated in aa will often discuss the need to change their ‘‘people, places and things’’ as an essential step in their recovery.
For example, in her chapter, Angela Garcia tells the story of Alma and her agonistic relationship with heroin. In following Alma’s physical and imagined movements from a detox clinic to a Christian fellowship to the town of her childhood and, ultimately, to the local emergency room, Garcia reveals how the historical loss of land, culture, and integrity in the Española Valley provides the backdrop to what has become the area of the United States with the highest per capita rates of heroin overdose.
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.
Addiction Trajectories by Eugene Raikhel