The Pastoral Clinic: Addiction and Dispossession along the Rio Grande / Edition 1

The Pastoral Clinic: Addiction and Dispossession along the Rio Grande / Edition 1

by Angela Garcia
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520262085

ISBN-13: 9780520262089

Pub. Date: 06/08/2010

Publisher: University of California Press

The Pastoral Clinic takes us on a penetrating journey into an iconic Western landscape—northern New Mexico's Española Valley, home to 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

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The Pastoral Clinic takes us on a penetrating journey into an iconic Western landscape—northern New Mexico's Española Valley, home to 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 Española Valley and its residents through conversations, encounters, and recollections, The Pastoral Clinic is at once a devastating portrait of addiction, a rich ethnography of place, and an eloquent call for a new ethics of care.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520262089
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
06/08/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
135,518
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments

Introduction: American Pastoral

1. Graveyard
2. The Elegiac Addict
3. Blood Relative
4. Suicide as a Form of Life
5. Experiments with Care

Conclusion: A New Season

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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