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War on People: Drug User Politics and a New Ethics of Community

Jarrett Zigon


A War on People takes up two interrelated concerns increasingly of import to political anthropologists and theorists. The first is the seemingly widespread lack of motivation for participating in political activity. The second is the political and intellectual focus on critique rather than on offering alternatives for possible futures. This book addresses these concerns by offering an ethnographically and theoretically rich look at the political and ethical activity of some unlikely political actors—active and former users of heroin and crack cocaine. Despite this unlikelihood, however, this b ... More

Keywords: political theory, political anthropology, political activity, ethics, potentiality, world building, drug war, war, biopolitics, critical hermeneutics, complexity, care, freedom, community

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780520297692
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520297692.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jarrett Zigon, author
University of Virginia