Sugandh Gupta

Grant Type

Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

Institutional Affiliation

North Carolina, Chapel Hill, U. of

Grant number

Gr. 9902

Approve Date

October 25, 2019

Project Title

Gupta, 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.