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AUDIO FILES - INTERVIEWS, CONFERENCES and CLASSES (some links may only work using Mozilla Firefox browser)

2012 "En busca de Respeto: La venta de Crack en Harlem (Ediciones Huracán)." Presentación por Philippe Bourgois y Fernando Montero Castrillo, Universidad de Puerto Rico. August 30.

2011 "Lumpen Surveillance: Fieldnotes from the War on Drugs in the US Inner City." Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), San Francisco, November 19.

2011 "The Useless Suffering of 'Frequent Flyers' in the Emergency Room: An Anthropological Perspective on High-Tech Hospital Care for the Indigent." Practical Introduction to Social Services for Medical Students (PrISSMS) Talk, University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine, October 19.

2010 "The moral economy of violence in the US inner city: an anthropological perspective from Puerto Rican North Philadelphia. Robert Wood Johnson conference, Columbia University, September 24.

2010 "Righteous Dopefiends." Interview with Philippe Bourgois and Jeff Schonberg on KPFA's Against the Grain. Interview moderated by C.S. Soong, July 12.

2010 "Public Health and Law Enforcement: Reframing the Debate in Philadelphia." Panel Discussion at the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. May 4.

2010 "Public Anthropology, Photo-Ethnography, and Homelessness in America: Confronting Urgent Social Challenges in the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.” University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology, Annual Curator’s Lecture. January 21.

2009 Interview with Philippe Bourois on Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane, WHYY 90.9 FM Philadelphia, December 14.

2009 "Public Health Confronts Law Enforcement." Talk presented to the School of Nursing of the University of Pennsylvania, September 16.

2009 Interview with Philippe Bourgois on Jeff Schechtman's Late Morning Show, KVON 99.3 FM Napa Valley, June 18.

2008 "Neoliberal Lumpen Abuse: Homeless Heroin Injectors and Crack Smokers in San Francisco." Paper presented to the Anthropology Departmentt at New York University, Sept 25.

2008 "Trois Terrains sur le Crack." Talk presented to the Public Health Department, Montreal. June 6.

2008 "Understanding the Cultural Logic of ‘Impossible Patients’: An Anthropological Perspective on Homeless Heroin Injectors and Crack Smokers in the Hospital." Class lecture to Jefferson School of Nursing, May 16, 2008.

2007 "A 25 Year Ethnographic Retrospective on Violence in the Americas," Society fo Applied Anthropology Meetings,Tampa, Florida, March 29, on the panel “Global Health in the Time of Violence

2006 Excerpted interview of Philippe Bourgois from "Born 2b Gangsta?" Directed by John Montoya.

Philippe Bourgois' Selected Articles



    PLEASE NOTE: all of these articles link to PDF files PDF.

    2018 "Decolonising drug studies in an era of predatory accumulation." Third World Quarterly 39:2:385-398.

    2017 "Structural Vulnerability: Operationalizing the Concept to Address Health Disparities in Clinical Care." Academic Medicine 3:92:299-307.

    2016 "Injecting drugs in tight spaces: HIV, cocaine and collinearity in the Downtown Eastside, Vancouver, Canada." International Journal of Drug Policy 33:36-43.

    2015 "Insecurity, the War on Drugs, and Crimes of the State: Symbolic Violence in the Americas." Violence at the Urban Margins 305-321.

    2014 "Urban Segregation and the US Heroin Market: A Quantitative Model of Anthropological Hypotheses from an Inner-City Drug Market." International Journal of Drug Policy 25:3:543-555.

    2014 "Every 'Never' I Ever Said Came True: Transitions from opioid pills to heroin injecting." International Journal of Drug Policy 25:257-266.

    2014 "Non-Partner Violence Against Women Who Use Drugs in San Francisco." Violence Against Women 20:11:1285-1298.

    2013 "The Good-Enough Science-and-Politics of Anthropological Collaboration with Evidence-Based Clinical Research: Four Ethnographic Case Studies." Social Science and Medicine 99:176-186.

    2013 "Pathologizing Poverty: New Forms of Diagnosis, Disability, and Structural Stigma under Welfare Reform." Social Science and Medicine 103:76-83.

    2013 "Interdisciplinary Mixed Methods Research with Structurally Vulnerable Populations: Case Studies of Injection Drug Users in San Francisco." International Journal of Drug Policy 24:101-109.

    2012 "Sexual Pleasure and Sexual Risk among Women Who Use Methamphetamine: A Mixed Methods Study." International Journal of Drug Policy 23:385-392.

    2011 "Structural Vulnerability and the Health: Latino Migrant Laborers in the United States." Medical Anthropology 30:4:339-362.

    2011 "The Structural Vulnerability Imposed by Hypersegregated US Inner-City Neighborhoods: A Theoretical and Practical Challenge for Substance Abuse Research." Addiction 106:11:1975-1977.

    2011 "Lumpen Abuse: The Human Cost of Righteous Neoliberalism." City and Society 23:1:2-12.

    2010 "Recognizing Invisible Violence: A Thirty-Year Ethnographic Retrospective".” In Global Health in Times of Violence. Barbara Rylko-Bauer, Linda Whiteford, and Paul Farmer, eds. Santa Fe, NM: School for Advanced Research Press. Pp. 17-40.

    2010 "Useless Suffering: The War on Homeless Drug Addicts." In The Insecure American: How We Got Here and What We Should Do About It. Hugh Gusterson and Catherine Besteman, eds. Pp 238-254

    2008 "The Mystery of Marijuana: Science and the U.S. War on Drugs." Substance Use & Misuse. 43:581-583.

    2008 "Understanding Illicit Substance Use in the Real World." Medical Education. 42:532. (Ciccarone, Dan, Sharad Jain, and Philippe Bourgois.)

    2007 "Intimate apartheid: ethnic dimensions of habitus among homeless heroin injectors."  Ethnography. 8:1:7-32. (Bourgois, Philippe and Jeff Schonberg.)

    2006 "Reinterpreting Ethnic Patterns among White and African American Men Who Inject Heroin: A Social Science of Medicine Approach." PLoS Medicine. 3:10:e452. (Multiple authors.)

    2006 "The Price of Adherence: Qualitative Findings From HIV+ Individuals Purchasing Fixed-Dose Combination Generic HIV Antiretroviral Therapy in Kampala, Uganda." AIDS and Behavior. (J. T. Crane, A. Kawuma, J. H. Oyugi, J. T. Byakika, A. Moss, P. Bourgois, and D. R. Bangsberg.)

    2005 "Missing the Holocaust: My Father's Account of Auschwitz from August 1943 to June 1944." Anthropological Quarterly 78:1:89-123.

    2005 "You Can't Do Nothing in This Damn Place: Sex and Intimacy Among Couples With an Incarcerated Male Partner."The Journal of Sex Research 42:1:3-12. (Multiple authors.)

    2005 "Social Structural Production of HIV Among Injection Drug Users." Social Science & Medicine 61:5:1026-1044 . (Third author with Tim Rhodes, Merrill Singer, Samuel Friedman, Steffanie Strathdee).

    2004 "Everyday Violence and the Gender of Hepatitis C Among Homeless Drug-Injecting Youth in San Francisco." Human Organization . 63:3:253-264. (Multiple authors.)

    2004 "Masculinity and Undocumented Labor Migration: Injured Latino Day Laborers in San Francisco." Social Science and Medicine . 59:6:1159-1168. (Multiple authors.)

    2003 "One Hundred Years of United Fruit Company Letters." In Banana Wars: Power, Production and History in the Americas.  Steve Striffler and Mark Moberg, eds.  Pp. 103-144.  Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press.

    2003 "Explaining the Geographic Variation of HIV among Injection Drug Users in the United States." Substance Use and Misuse . 38:14:2049-2063 (Co-authored.)

    2003 "Crack and the Political Economy of Social Suffering." Addiction Research and Theory . 11:1:31-37.

    2002 "Ethnography’s Troubles and the Reproduction of Academic Habitus." International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. 15:4:417-420.

    2002 "Understanding Inner City Poverty: Resistance and Self-Destruction Under U.S. Apartheid." In Exotic No More: Anthropology on the Front Lines, Jeremy MacClancy, ed. Pp. 15-32. Chicago, Il: University of Chicago Press, 2002.

    2002 "The Politics of Photographic Aesthetics: Confronting the HIV Epidemic among Heroin Injectors in Russia." International Journal of Drug Policy . 13:387-392. (Co-authored.)

    2002 "Cross-Methodological and Theoretical Dialogue: Anthropology and Epidemiology on Drugs." International Journal of Drug Policy . 13:259-269.

    2002 "The Violence of Moral Binaries: Response to Leigh Binford." Ethnography . 3:2:221.

    2002 "Social Context of Work Injury among Undocumented Day Laborers in San Francisco." Journal of General Internal Medicine . 17:221-229. (Multiple authors.)

    2002 "Hepatitis C Virus Seroconversion Among Young Injection Drug Users: Relationships and Risks." Journal of Infectious Diseases. 186:11:1558-64. (Multiple authors)

    2001 "The Power of Violence in War and Peace: Post-Cold War Lessons from El Salvador." Ethnography 2:1:5-34.

    2001 "Soft Tissue Infections Among Injection Drug Users—San Francisco, California, 1996-2000." MMWR Weekly. 50:381-384. (multiple authors)

    2001 "Buprenorphine: ‘Field Trials' of a New Drug." Qualitative Health Research 11:1:69-84. (Multiple authors).

    2001  "Culture of Poverty." In International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, Smelser, NJ and Paul B. Baltes, eds.  Pp. 11904-11907. Oxford: Pergamon. 

    2000 "Disciplining Addictions: The Bio-politics of Methadone and Heroin in the United States." Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry 24:2:165-195.

    1998 "The Moral Economies of Homeless Heroin Addicts: Confronting Ethnography, HIV Risk and Everyday Violence in San Francisco Shooting Encampments." Substance Use and Misuse 33:11:2323-2351.

    1998 "Just Another Night in a Shooting Gallery." Theory, Culture and Society 15:2:37-66.

    1997 "Overachievement in the Underground Economy: The Life Story of a Puerto Rican Stick up Artist in East Harlem." Free Inquiry in Creative Sociology. 25:23-32.

    1997 "Social Misery and the Sanctions of Substance Abuse: Confronting HIV Risk Among Homeless Heroin Addicts in San Francisco." Social Problems . 44:2:155-173. (Multiple authors.)

    1996 "Confronting Anthropology, Education, and Inner-City Apartheid." American Anthropologist 98:2:249-258.

    1995 "Hope To Die a Dope Fiend." Cultural Anthropology . 10:4:587-593. (Co-authored.)

    1995 "Workaday World, Crack Economy." The Nation (December 4) pp. 706-11.

    1990 "Confronting Anthropological Ethics: Lessons From Central America." International Journal of Peace Research 27:1:43-54.

    1989 "Crack in Spanish Harlem: Culture and Economy in the Inner City." Anthropology Today 5:4:6-11.

    1989 "Introduction: Black and White in Color." City and Society 3:2: 101-105. (Co-authored.)

    1988 "Conjugated Oppression: Class and Ethnicity Among Kuna and Guaymi Banana Workers on a Corporate Plantation." American Ethnologist 15:2:328-348.

    1987 "The Miskitu Conflict on the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua." IWGIA Newsletter 49:69-87.

    1986 "The Miskitu of Nicaragua: Politicized Ethnicity." Anthropology Today 2:2:4-9.

    1982 "What U.S. Foreign Policy Faces in Rural El Salvador." Monthly Review 34:14-30.

    1982 "Running for My Life in El Salvador: An American Caught in a Government Attack that Chiefly Killed Civilians." The Washington Post February 14. pp. C1,C5.

    1981 "Class, Ethnicity and the State Among the Miskitu Amerindians of Northeastern Nicaragua." Latin American Perspectives 8:2:22-39.


    2011 "La Lumpenización de los Sectores Vulnerables en la Guerra Contra la Droga en Estados Unidos." In Umbrales, Fugas de la Institución Total: Entre Captura y La Vida.. Edited by Dario Malventi. Pp.22-35. Sevilla: Universidad Internacional de Andalucía: Arte y Pensamientos.

    2010 “Prefacio.” In Fumando mañas. Construcción del sentido de la realidad social en un contexto de ilegalidad. By César Augusto Tapias Hernández. Pp. 15-17. Bogota: Editorial de la Universidad del Rosario.

    2009 "Treinta años de retrospectiva etnográfica sobre la violencia en las Américas." Julián López García, Santiago Bastos, Manuela Camus, eds. In Guatemala: Violencias Desbordadas. 29-62. Cordoba, Spain: Universidad de Cordoba, Servicio de Publicaciones.

    2006 "Política y estética fotográfic: una documentación crítica de la epidemia de VIH entre inyectores de heroína en Rusia y los Estados Unidos." (Traducción de X Andrade y Fernando Montero Castrillo).

    2004 "Crack-cocaína y economía política del sufrimiento social en Norteamérica." In Monografias Humanitas 5:95-103.

    2002 "El poder de la violencia en la Guerra y en la paz: lecciones pos-Guerra Fría de El Salvador." Apuntes de Investigación del CECYP 8:73-98, 2002.

    1993 "Introducción y Aspectos Metodológicos." Franklin Alcaraz del Castillo, Nilda Flores Salinas, Eunice Zambrana Villarroel, Philippe Bourgois. Niños Vulnerables. 15-20. Ministerio de Prevision Social y Salud Publica.

    1980 "La Mosquitia y la Revolución: informe de una investigación rural en la Costa Atlántica norte.” In La Mosquitia en la Revolución. Pp. 89-149. Managua: Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios de la Reforma Agraria (CIERA)


    2010 “Violences étatiques et institutionnelles contre Ie Lumpen aux États-Unis.” Patrick Bruneteaux and Daniel Terrolle, eds. In L'arrière-cour de la mondialisation: ethnographie des paupérisés. Pp. 125-151. Paris: Editions du Croquant.

    2009 “À la Marge. Risquer l’Anthropologie: Entretien avec Philippe Bourgois.” Altérités, 6:2:136-150. (Interview moderated by Nelson Arruda.)

    2005 "Un 'apartheid intime': Dimensions ethniques de l’habitus chez les toxicomanes sans-abri de San Francisco." Actes de la recherche en sciences sociales 160:32-45. (Co-authored).

    2002 "La Violence en temps de guerre et en temps de paix: Leçons de l'après-guerre froide: l'exemple du Salvador." In Cultures & Conflits 47:81-116.

    1993 "Homeless in El Barrio." In La misère du monde. Pierre Bourdieu, Ed. Pp. 205-217. Paris: Editions du Seuil.


    2009 “Tão perto de casa, tão longe de nós: etnografia das novas margens no centro: Entrevista com Philippe Bourgois." Interview moderated by Luis Fernandes. Etnográfica 13:1:197-211.


    2008 "Sofferenza e vulnerabilità socialmente strutturate. Tossicodipendenti senzatetto negli Stati Uniti.” In Antropologia: Violenza Vol 8, num. 9 & 10:113-136. Rome: Meltemi.

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