New Volume: Addiction Trajectories (Eds. Eugene Raikhel & William Garriott)

We’re very pleased to announce the publication of this new edited volume on the anthropology of addiction.

 Addiction Trajectories
Eugene Raikhel & William Garriott, eds.
Duke University Press, 2013
Paperback: $25.95 ISBN: 978-0-8223-5364-5
Series: Experimental Futures

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Bringing anthropological perspectives to bear on addiction, the contributors to this important collection highlight the contingency of addiction as a category of human knowledge and experience. The collection’s editors suggest “addiction trajectories” as a useful rubric for analyzing the changing meanings of addiction across time, place, institutions, and individual lives. Pursuing three primary trajectories, the contributors show how addiction comes into being as an object of knowledge, a site of therapeutic intervention, and a source of subjective experience.


Nancy D. Campbell, E. Summerson Carr, Angela Garcia, William Garriott, Helena Hansen, Anne M. Lovell, Emily Martin, Todd Meyers, Eugene Raikhel, A. Jamie Saris, Natasha Dow Schüll


Eugene Raikhel is Assistant Professor of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago.

William Garriott is Assistant Professor of Justice Studies at James Madison University. He is the author of Policing Methamphetamine: Narcopolitics in Rural America.


  • Introduction. Tracing New Paths in the Anthropology of Addiction / Eugene Raikhel and William Garriott
  •  1. The Elegiac Addict / Angela Garcia
  •  2. Balancing Acts: Gambling-Machine Addiction and the Double Bind of Therapeutics / Natasha Dow Schüll 
  •  3. A Few Ways to Become Unreasonable: Pharmacotherapy Inside and Outside the Clinic / Todd Meyers 
  •  4. Pharmaceutical Evangelism and Spiritual Capital: An American Tale of Two Communities of Addicted Selves / Helena Hansen 
  •  5. Elusive Travelers: Russian Narcology, Transnational Toxicomanias, and the Great French Ecological Experiment / Anne M. Lovell
  •  6. Signs of Sobriety: Rescripting American Addiction Counseling / E. Summerson Carr
  •  7. Placebos or Prostheses for the Will: Trajectories of Alcoholism Treatment in Russia / Eugene Raikhel 
  •  8. “You Can Always Tell Who’s Using Meth”: Methamphetamine Addiction and the Semiotics of Criminal Difference / William Garriott 
  •  9. “Why Can’t They Stop?” A Highly Public Misunderstanding of Science / Nancy D. Campbell 
  •  10. Committed to Will: What’s at Stake for Anthropology in Addiction / A. Jamie Saris
  •  Afterword. Following “Addiction Trajectories” / Emily Martin