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Righteous Dopefiend - A multimedia exhibition

Righteous Dopefiend - Homelessness, Addiction and Poverty in Urban America - A multimedia exhibition

In Righteous Dopefiend: Homelessness, Addiction and Poverty in Urban America, anthropologist Philippe Bourgois and photographer-ethnographer Jeff Schonberg document the daily lives of homeless drug users, drawing upon more than a decade of fieldwork they conducted among a community of heroin injectors and crack smokers who survive on the streets of San Francisco’s former industrial neighborhoods. Numerous black and white photographs are interwoven with edited transcriptions of tape recorded conversations, fieldwork notes, and critical analysis to explore the intimate experience of homelessness and addiction. Revealing the social survival mechanisms and perspectives of this marginalized “community of addicted bodies,” the exhibition also sheds light on the often unintended consequences of public policies that can exacerbate the suffering faced by street-based drug users in America.

This exhibition was organized by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Objects are on loan from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia, PA, by which all rights are reserved.

Sponsored by The Ashton J. and Virginia Graham O’Donnell Endowed Chair in Global Studies Endowment, the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty Visiting Educator Fund, and the Department of Anthropology.  This exhibit is free and open to the public.

*To make an appointment to see the exhibit outside regular hours, email us at maxeymuseum@whitman.edu


Friday, April 28, 2017 at 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Maxey Hall, W40
173 Stanton, Walla Walla WA


Free and open to the public


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