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Lecture 7

ANTA02H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 7: Harm Reduction, Structural Violence, Ethnography


Department
Anthropology
Course Code
ANTA02H3
Professor
Bianca Dahl
Lecture
7

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Lec 7, Week 9 | Feb 28 2017
Inequality, Drugs, Power, Politics
· ESSAY
Possible format?
Para 1, intro
Para 2, introduce thesis
Para 3, (or more paras) how u might engage w course readings
Para 4, more descriptions of your topic
Use 1st person
You can be somewhat informal
Can use subtitles
Talk a little about methods that youre using
Doesn’t matter what cite format u use
Thesis:
Start with a question about your topic take a stance tell us what is significant about the
topic! what does your analysis of this topic tell us about some other aspect of culture?
(e.g., does it shed light on gender norms, kinship ideology, etc.)
Righteous Dopefiend (VIDEO)
Research on drug dealers and “inhuminizing” them
What are the moral codes they follow? Homelessness and addiction.
12 years of research of homeless heroin injectors. Observed how they lived and
slept in their encampments.
They lived together and shared heroine. They cultivate gift giving (gifting others
drugs- heroine). They cook the heroine and filter through cotton ball.“(Cotton
shot”)
Avoided “dope sickness”
Outreach programs give info how to avoid injecting themselves. It doesnt work.
Constantly hide from police
Harm reduction program is most effective to changing them. CLean syringes,
good food, healthcare.
Lecture (Theme: People are terrible-- JEEZ EJ dont u listen?)
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We associate panhandling with homelessness
Society suffers from their petty crime, not to mention their need for health care off
their addiction. Society in a way resents them for using the resources (which is
why the homeless often get “swept under the rug”)
Covers a lot of domains of social life
Ethics and anthropological Engagement
Book focuses on questions of violence, degradation and how to represent these.
The rights of the “dopefeind” weren’t really dealt with properly, their privacy
wasn’t fully thought out
Include photographs of people. Changed the name of dopefiends but published
their faces.
“The more frequent and ubiquitous the images of sickness, suffering and death,
the more likely they are to be invisible” What does it mean?
Repetition to the seeds of violence makes you respond with more
passiveness.
Exposure to the same thing makes a person immune to it
“A good enough photoethnography”
How do they justify the images?
They justify the images by “if you cant see the face, you cant see
the suffering”
It’s difficult to know boundaries, but it’s also important to see the
issues of society and UNDERSTAND that there are issues around
it
The authors didnt know the repercussions of the publication of the
“dopefiends”
Rethinking Addiction
Book also focuses issues around addiction. Not just homelessness.
The book refute victim blaming, they provide explanations for why or how
homeless people got addicted to drugs.
Author wants us to have greater sympathy for the realities of the life that the
Edgewater homeless actually live.
Family relationships and conflicts are the primary reasons why Nova scotia
people become homeless.
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