Angela Garcia wins Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing


agarcia_announce.jpgAngela García is awarded the 2012 Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing by the American Anthropological Association for her book The Pastoral Clinic: Addiction and Dispossession Along the Rio Grande (University of California Press, 2010). The prize is especially meaningful to Professor García because the late Victor Turner devoted his career to seeking a language that would reopen anthropology to the human subject, and the prize recognizes innovative books such as The Pastoral Clinic for furthering this project.

In The Pastoral Clinic, Angela Garcia chronicles the lives of several Hispano addicts, introducing us to the intimate, physical, and institutional dependencies in which they are entangled. Readers discover how history pervades this region that has endured centuries of material and cultural dispossession, and come to see its heroin problem as a contemporary expression of these conditions, as well as a manifestation of the human desire to be released from them. Lyrically evoking the Española Valley and its residents through conversations, encounters, and recollections, The Pastoral Clinic is at once a devastating portrait of addiction, a rich ethnography of place, and an eloquent call for a new ethics of care.

Professor Garcia will be honored at the Society for Humanistic Anthropology Awards Ceremony, which will take place at the American Anthropological Association meetings on Friday, November 16 from 8-9:30 pm.