9780520262089

The Pastoral Clinic: Addiction and Dispossession Along the Rio Grande

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  • ISBN13:

    9780520262089

  • ISBN10:

    0520262085

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 6/8/2010
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr
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Summary

The Pastoral Clinictakes us on a penetrating journey into an iconic Western landscape--northern New Mexico's Espantilde;ola Valley, home to the highest rate of heroin addiction and fatal overdoses in the United States. In a luminous narrative, Angela Garcia chronicles the lives of several Hispano addicts, introducing us to the intimate, physical, and institutional dependencies in which they are entangled. We discover how history pervades this region that has endured centuries of material and cultural dispossession, and we come to see its heroin problem as a contemporary expression of these conditions, as well as a manifestation of the human desire to be released from them. Lyrically evoking the Espantilde;ola Valley and its residents through conversations, encounters, and recollections,The Pastoral Clinicis at once a devastating portrait of addiction, a rich ethnography of place, and an eloquent call for a new ethics of care.

Author Biography

Angela Garcia is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Graveyardp. 37
The Elegiac Addictp. 69
Blood Relativep. 111
Suicide as a Form of Lifep. 150
Experiments with Carep. 183
Conclusion: A New Seasonp. 205
Notesp. 211
Bibliographyp. 223
Indexp. 237
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