Angela Garcia


"Timely, disturbing, and luminously written, The Pastoral Clinic is anthropology at its best, bringing into view a devastating piece of reality, highlighting larger processes and human singularities, and calling for a new public and ethics of care." —João Biehl, author of Vita: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment

"Garcia calls for a new ethics of care for heroin addicts, exposing the insufficiency and lack of continuity of rapidly privatizing faith-based services for the rural poor. Her heartfelt ethnography of the geography of addiction in New Mexico reveals how formerly agricultural communities and families find themselves painfully embedded in a land of dispossession and displacement with an unresolvable past, and an unlivable present." —Philippe Bourgois, author of Righteous Dopefiend

"Angela Garcia has expanded the roots and basis of addictions to the great losses—personal, cultural, economic, of birthright and land—that few would dare to explore. I've sought a book like this for years, addressing my own addictions and those of the young men and women I've worked with for decades. A formidable thinker, a wrench-in-the-works activist inside and out of the industry, Angela understands that addictions are not a 'always has been and always will be' fate, but a collective, individual, and even 'intimate,' funneling into the web. And how the path toward healing, reconciliation, and wholeness is in the land, in the hand, and the capable heart of every addict and broken community." —Luis J. Rodriguez, author of Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in LA

Angela Garcia is a writer and anthropologist. Her book The Pastoral Clinic: Addiction and Dispossession Along the Rio Grande (University of California Press, 2010) explores heroin use and overdose among Hispanos in northern New Mexico. Her Op-Eds and articles have appeared in publications such as the Los Angeles Times, the Santa Fe New Mexican and High Country News, among others. In 2006, she received the 2006 Nancy Dickerson Whitehead Award for Excellence in Reporting on Drug and Alcohol Problems. She has commented on addiction, social inequality and other cultural issues on National Public Radio and in the New York Times.  A health and social justice advocate, she worked as a medical journalist, covering HIV/AIDS-related issues for print magazines and online content. A native of New Mexico, Angela received her Ph.D. in anthropology from Harvard University. She is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Stanford University. She is currently working on a memoir and on a new research project focused on narcotics addiction in Mexico City. 

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THE PASTORAL CLINIC is the winner of

The PEN Center USA's 2010 Exceptional First Book Award

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