The Disaster(s) of Predatory Accumulation in the USA


Datum: måndag 10 oktober 2022

Tid: 15.00 – 16.30

Plats: Zoom

Digitalt forskarseminarium med Philippe Bourgois från UCLA




In his talk, Professor Bourgois will speak about what has happened over the years with Primo, his key informant from the monograph "In Search of Respect". Thereafter, he will discuss some of his current long-term ethnographic projects:
1.    Carceral psychiatric mismanagement of unemployment and substance use disorders and US inner city apartheid: Puerto Rican North Philadelphia
2.    Hyper incarceration of homeless individuals with psychosis and co-occuring substance use disorders: the LA County Jail Mental Health Assistant Program
3.    Premature death among deported Los Angeles gang members : Sewage Canal Shooting Encampments at the Tijuana/San Diego border wall
4.    Toxic Synthetic shifts in wholesale/retail narcotics markets across the US: Overdoses with fentanyl and methamphetamine in Tijuana- San Diego Metroplex and Xylazine animal tranquilizer in the USA rustbelt
5.    The sequelae of 1980s military repression in revolutionary Central America: Failed Historical Accountability for Ongoing Crimes Against Humanity in El Salvador and the USA


Prof. Philippe Bourgois is a cultural and medical anthropologist. His research in Central America addresses the political mobilisation of ethnicity, immigration, labour relations and the relationship between intimate violence and structural violence. In urban United States, Philippe has worked on issues of inner-city apartheid, and the carceral and psychiatric management of poverty and unemployement. As a public anthropologist he has engaged in issues of incarceration, substance abuse, violence, homelesness, mental illness and HIV-prevention. At UCLA he is currently  leading a qualitative evaluation of a new outreach program for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health for people with serious mental health illness- most of whom are homeless and trapped in cycles of incarceration in the County Jail. He has been the Principal Investigator on dozens of National Institutes of Health grants since 1996, including a 21-year continuous study of the  inner-city HIV risk environment faced by indigent, street-based drug users and sellers. Some of his publications include In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio (1995), Righteous Dopefiend (co-authored with Jeff Schonberg, 2009), Ethnicity at Work: Divided Labour on a Central American Banana Plantation (1989), Violence in War and Peace (co-edited with Nancy Scheper-Hughes, 2004), and Violence at the Urban Margins (co-authored with Javier Auyero and Nancy Scheper-Hughes, 2015).