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Week 6 The Pastoral Clinic Addiction and Dispossession along the Rio Grande Glossary melancholy descanso querencia kinship Midterm format and tips 0 2 parts I definitions you have to define these terms in 12 sentences cumulative glossary the words highlighted on the opening of the slide of class lecture the glossaries Examples 0 Social Darwinism a schools of thought and social movement social Darwinism argued that competition among individuals groups of people nations and ideas drivers evolution in human society Herbert Spencer was founding figure of this school coining the phrase survival of the fittestquot o Symbol A symbol stands in for something else and signals the presence of an important domain of experience Symbols change in meaning over time and from culture to culture I short answers you re to write a succinct 34 sentences response Look to the question itself for implicit prompts and try to get across your mastery of the course material from both the reading and the lecture Examples 0 What is thick description I Gilbert Ryle s concept evokes the social meaning social actors in a given context I Geertz use is to explain the social implications of the wink an approach of analysis of its cultural implications I Analysis of the small densely textured factsquot I Reveals that much more than mere money is being wagered by the male participants Instead this semiotic analysis of the cockfight reveals the social matrix of the community and highlights the status gambling taking place especially in deep matches The Pastorial Clinic analysis 0 Johnson car crash Whilequot hitchhiking and emergency 0 Important passages of the meaning of life versus death I the man hanging out of the wrecked car was still alive as I passed and I stopped grown a little more used to the idea now of how really badly broken he was and made sure there was nothing I could do I His blood bubbled out of his mouth with every breath He wouldn t be taking many more I knew that but he didn t and therefore I looked down into the great pity of a person s life in this earth I don t mean that we all end up dead that s not the pity I mean that he couldn t tell me what he was dreaming and I couldn t tell him what was real p 8 Melancholy subjectivity relapse return and condition sin fin 0 At her latest overdose Alma goes to her first mandatory counseling session where she remarks at one point I have been here before haven t I o For her this recognition this state of being back where she d been before wasn t a relapse as it was a return 0 Why does Garcia highlight this idea of return How is it different from relapse I Relapse suggests that there is a moral path and there has been a deviation but a return is simply an action that has no significance consequences She argues that the did not get worst everyday to have a relapse she just returned I Signals ideas of repetition she will return again soon as if it is natural The patience has failed to care for herself and it is left to institutions to restore her behavior 0 Melancholy subjectivity I Alma Es que lo que tengo no termina Garcia explain that this sense of unfinished relentless unending grief this condition sin fin constitutes a local ethos of melancholia Its interminable hold over the lives of this community is for alma and others the ineradicable truth of heroin addiction and Hispano life In 71 I Not only in the moment is part of history as a whole the specificity of history as a whole Cyclical nation of addiction 0 addiction is explored throughout the family gender other experiences I we see in the mother and daughter relationships 0 Mourning versus melancholic I Whereas mourning allows the perspective to work through and gradually exit grief melancholy Freud explains behaves like an open wound it has no ending I Or as Garcia writes it designates a kind of mourning without endquot I And of accumulated loss which weighs heavy heartquot History of dispossession land and its loss among Hispano community 0 Tierra Amarilla alma s hometown emblematic of the hispano history of dispossession and longing for land and times pastquot p81 0 Los Alamos site of national laboratory the relationship between Hispano New Mexico and Los Alamos is one of dependency and distrustquot p 97 o What happened in each of these places Why do Hispanos feel a sense of betrayal and embitterment about lost land related to these two places I Inequality los amos they are white those who are drawn in to support the social sector worked 50 years before and haven t been inserted in society The land itself has been taken away from the community to become this federal space Changing where people can live and ear a living The shape of the land change with the treaty they then became American citizens the families that surrounded could draw upon for hunting it no longer belongs to her family it disappeared o Alma s descanso I standing in the forest the descanso voiced the losses of Alma s parents losses that she had inherited and affirmed again through death I at the same time the cross intersecting syringes affirmed need to forget It was a need to forget It was a need to produced by the collision of history and chronicity a p 94 Querencia a maternal genealogy of addiction 0 Page 114 o By focusing on feminine experiences of heroin addiction and presenting intergenerational addiction as part of the biology social and affective mix that is kinship I show how heroin with through and provide endurance for ties of blood and prop inheritance o In the local idiom the notion of inheritance querencia is both material and psychic It is a value a practice and structure feeling whose etymological roots blend notions of heritage and love p 114 The Pastorial Clinic Notes Discussion Session 0 Why are they examples of medical anthropology o Ebola conference autism o Diseases that are studied throughout their social impact 0 Mental illness they will be treated differently and it is society that dictates how the future is going to be What does Garcia mean by the patientprisoner politics Explain o Moral connotations of the practices law enforcement o It is the distinction between the role of the patient in the clinic and how sometimes they are treated as inferior According to Garcia what is the geography of addictionquot 0 Notion of geography of addiction I History of renewed so much that abandonment and it happens I It was once communal but now only the government uses I Sense ofloss ofland re ects sense in a loss individual Why is history an essential analytic unit for Garcia s study of drug addiction in this region 0 History of the region and family history of generations 0 Sense of entrapment and the history has been taken away and depleted What is the relation between history drug addiction and subjectivity 0 There is not way out Explain Garcia s cultural analysis of endless painquot in relation to melancholy subjectivityquot 0 History of dispossession is not wanting to forget and move on 0 Adding to the cyclical nature of the problem endless sufferingquot 0 Need to forget Michel Foucault to study his importance in the story Friday s class Glossary 0 Querencia kinship vergiienza The Pastoral Clinic Addiction and Dispossession along the Rio Grande o Midterm essay tips I Budget your time pay attention to instructions on the exam I Read the prompt carefully identify key words and the main question you need to address I Write an outline for the essay set out your argument and points of discussion support Think about logical ow of ideas and how they relate to your argument I Write following your outline Be specific include detail and write examples I If there s time proofread what you ve written I Example Dorinne Kondo eyeIquot from crafting selves Drawing on the examples of this book chapter explain how ethnographic is both a research method and a form of writing How does Kondo convey to her reader the idea of fragmented identity Incorporate into your essays a discussion of what Kondo calls the setting tropequot as well as the terms of positionality and re exivity 0 Recap of querencia a maternal genealogy of addiction I It s my querencia H H I was born on addict It s in my bloodquot Bernadette Martinez By focusing of feminine experiencesquot of heroin addiction and by presenting intergenerational addictionquot as part of the biological social and affective mix that is kinship I show how heroin works through and provides endurances for ties of blood and property of inheritance o Kinship relationship based on or modeled on the culturally recognized connection between parents and children and extended to siblings and through parents to more distant relatives Kinship structures many areas of social life 0 Traditionally in anthropology kinship has been an essential feature because of its importance to the people studied often nonindustrial societies In the local idiom the notion of inheritancequerenciais both maternal and psychic It is a value a practice and a structure of feeling whose etymological roots blend notion of heritage land an lovequot p 114 I In chapter 3 Garcia traces the maternal genealogy of heroin addictionquot through motherdaughter pairs Eugenia and Bernadette lisa and Michelle 0 Discussion Bernadette and Eugenia I In this kin ties the symbol of heroin and blood become linked and not interchangeable p 128 I Use of heroine and the circulation of it becomes the two means by understanding one another through that experience Bonds of shame 0 Lisa on the shame of heroinaddicted mother I When you don t make it get clean you know you re not just hurting yourself you re hurting your kid too 0 But when Michelle her daughter started using too Garcia explains that the nature of her shame shiftedquot Lisa felt guilt for her role but also a sense of release and understandingquot I this sense of release and understanding is the example of their bond and link o I didn t feel as bad about my body of my need to get high And I think she felt the samequot mother said 0 They are released and united by their bond both know what it feels like to be THAT connected 0 Suicide as a form of life 2 scenes Suicide is not an event it is a way of life What kind of concern are we talking about For who is the concern Is it for a set of institutions goes about this chapter exploring the notions of suicide by 3 different manners 3 perspectives 0 person who attempted suicide 0 doctor 0 relative In attending to the details of the three narratives I attempt to articulate their fullest implications for understanding suicide as a form of life that intensifies rather than negates the intimacies and dependencies that exist in a social worldquot p 155 o On quotdevolutionquot and quotprivatizationquot I With these processes the responsibility for health care has shifted from the public to the more intimate domains of family and communityquot which are expected to perform even larger roles with regard to the provision of care Overdose prevention training and needle exchange exemplify this shifts As practices of harm reductionquot they represent practical strategies that seek to reduce the negative consequences of heroin use namely overdose and dirty needles But these strategies while important are not inclusive form of care rather they are the bare minimumquot italics added p 193 I Care limits and possibilities familial care 1 can t get rid of it just like I can t get rid of her She is my motherquot p 201 Plan of care this is precisely what families try to do for one another everyday They conceive of ways to care for one another in a context where their very relations and the very struggles to maintain the everyday are at stake Of course they often fail and tragically so But they keep trying to the very end 203 What are the key themes of this book 0 Isolation of the drug addicts 0 She wants to understand their suffering o Melancholia 0000 I Combination of mourning without end the stories and human faces are stuck in this melancholia and people don t relapse they return I Addiction is tied to land Geography of addiction Pastoral care and different types of care Patientprisoner politics social subjectivity Experience that is embedded in place and lived through individual times and experiences
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