Stanford Experts

Angela Garcia

Associate Professor of Anthropology


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Professor Garcia’s work engages historical and institutional processes through which violence and suffering is produced and lived. A central theme is the disproportionate burden of addiction, depression and incarceration among poor families and communities. Her research is oriented toward understanding how attachments, affect, and practices of intimacy are important registers of politics and economy. She is also interested in the literary integrity of anthropological writing. Her book, The Pastoral Clinic: Addiction and Dispossession Along The Rio Grande (University of California Press, 2010) explores the relationship between intergenerational heroin use, poverty and colonial history in northern New Mexico. Ongoing work in the U.S. explores processes of legal “re-entry” and intimate repair that incarcerated and paroled drug users undertake, particularly within kin networks. Her research in Mexico City examines emerging scientific and juridical discourses related to narcotics addiction. This work focuses on the implications of these discourses to support Mexico’s governance strategies and their consequences for families and communities addicted to narcotics in the setting of urban poverty.