Radio Times

Righteous Dopefiend: A community of heroin addicts

December 14, 2009


Frank hiding from traffic. Courtesy of the artist, Jeff Schonberg.

Frank hiding from traffic. Courtesy of the artist, Jeff Schonberg.

Hour 1

University of Pennsylvania anthropologist PHILIPPE BOURGOIS spent 12 years studying, learning from and often living with a community of homeless heroin addicts and crack smokers in San Francisco. With photographer Jeff Schonberg, he documented their lives, survival mechanisms and perspectives, and their groundbreaking work of ethnography, called “Righteous Dopefiend,” is captured in book form and in two exhibits on display this month in Philadelphia. PHILIPPE BOURGOIS joins us in studio today to help us understand the dynamics of what he calls “a community of addicted bodies.”

Listen to the mp3

Listen:

Share this story: