Grant TypeDissertation Fieldwork Grant
Institutional AffiliationNorth Carolina, Chapel Hill, U. of
Grant numberGr. 9902
Approve DateOctober 25, 2019
Project TitleGupta, Sugandh (North Carolina, Chapel Hill, U. of) "Dependency, De-Addiction, and the Care by the State in Jammu, India"
This project proposes an ethnographic study of state-sponsored rehabilitation services (known as “de-addiction”) for substances users in Jammu City to examine the impacts of regional and national politics and long-term militarization in the Indian-administered state of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K). Drug addiction, specifically heroin use, has emerged as a rising epidemic and an important social, clinical, moral and political concern in Jammu. But due to Indian state’s fraught relationship to J&K and Jammu’s complex and marginal positioning vis-à-vis Kashmir, the fundamental needs of substance users in Jammu are vulnerable to the political disputes in the region. By examining de-addiction services in Jammu City through the analytic of “dependency”, this project aims to develop an ethnographic understanding of: the impacts of regional and national politics on the administration of de-addiction services in Jammu City; the practices and relations of care among people, substances, and institutions in the provision of de-addiction services; and the multiple, overlapping, and distinct meanings of dependency as experienced in the everyday life, at the de-addiction clinic, and as a political-economic tool of governance. This project introduces the concept of “dependency” as a way to innovate the anthropology of addiction and anthropological theories of care and the state.