Righteous Dopefiend (Paperback)
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Short Description for Righteous Dopefiend Introduces the reader to the world of homelessness and drug addiction in the contemporary United States. This work develops a cast of characters around the themes of violence, race relations, sexuality, family trauma, embodied suffering, social inequality and power relations.
- Published: 29 May 2009
- Format: Paperback 392 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780520254985 ISBN 10: 0520254988
- Sales rank: 62,549
Full description for Righteous Dopefiend
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.