Righteous Dopefiend

Righteous Dopefiend

eBook - 2009
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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.
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, c2009.
ISBN: 9780520943315
0520254988
9780520254985
0520230884
9780520230880
Branch Call Number: ELECTRONIC BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (359 p.) : ill.
Additional Contributors: Schonberg, Jeff 1967-
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Call Number: ELECTRONIC BOOK

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