What is the goal then, if it isn't to become the other?
Prof. Angela Garcia (UCI)
-attempt to historicize heroin addiction (understand it in broader economical,
Becoming Other to Oneself
-We need to step out and see that everything we do unreflectively, is a product of
-There's something deeply embedded in me that's the other, comes from society
(i.e. head nodding - head bowing)
-->A piece of history curtailed into unconscious actions
Seeing the Other as Another Self
-Viewing "the other" as a person, who has hopes, dreams, prejudices, etc. as we
-They aren't a stereotype, but a fully complex being
Ethnography is about contexualization in the broadest sense
Trying to understand political, economical life, values, emotions, etc., in relation
of each other
Imagining a New Form of Care
(Seeing the Other as Another Self)
-People are more than just the moralized/demonized versions of their addiction
-Before judging and morally assessing, just pause
Institutions vs. The Everyday
(Becoming Other to Oneself)
-Centers have the ability to sever familiar ties
-What becomes normative/accepted is deeply integrated into the institution
Effort to see what was previously concealed
(Historical and cultural roots of our existence)
-The tension helps us see our own cultural condition
-Reveal the cultural roots of our own and others existence
-See by means of difference our shared humanity The Boasian Legacy: Race, Culture and Evolution
Franz Boas (1858-1942)
-Personal experience with being marginalized and prejudiced (Jewish/German
-In the beginning the idea of multiple cultures was a solely anthropological idea
• Different communities have different cultures
• "We" have culture too!
How to Interpret Difference?
• Previously, we understood cultural difference, but we saw it as Us vs. Them
Markers of Difference:
-age, sex, sexuality, etc.
^exposed how others are "different" from "us"
• Many people around the world have names for themselves (eg. Inuit="People")
"people" as an exclusive (not inclusive category)
• A diminishing of humanity
• Terms used: "animal-like", "savage", "primitive", "terrorists", etc.