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July 11, 2010 7:51 AM   Subscribe

American Ethnography Quasi-Weekly is a somewhat gonzo cabinet of curiosities -- a mix of photography, academic essay, archival materials, and bloggy postings on "outlaw aethetics" and outsider culture, presenting glimpses of American subcultures past and present, from Califormia low-riders to "hoochy-coochy" dancers to blackface tambourine jugglers, and plenty more. posted by Miko (8 comments total) 30 users marked this as a favorite
Miko, thank you so much for posting this. I had been working on a post about the book Righteous Dopefiend by Philippe Bourgois and Jeff Schonberg. But, you can read an excerpt right on the American Ethnography website.
Drug Consumption as Racialized Habitus
Heroin injectors often brag about the size of their habit, exaggerating how many “grams of dope” they inject per day. Like many of the identity and micropower relations among the Edgewater Boulevard, competition over who had the bigger heroin habit often became racialized…
posted by Jasper Friendly Bear at 8:09 AM on July 11, 2010

And I have a new favorite website.
posted by The Whelk at 8:10 AM on July 11, 2010 [1 favorite]

Wow. Thank you for posting this!
posted by zarq at 8:30 AM on July 11, 2010

This is wonderful. Liked this bit from the article about the waltz, Lindy Hop and other forms of "uncivilized" dance:

The word jitterbug was "the term black dancers used to refer to whites who were less than adept at this dance form."

Great post - thanks, Miko.
posted by mediareport at 9:11 AM on July 11, 2010

Yeah, the rants about the waltz are gold.

Is it just my imagination or does the website design look like classic boingboing?
posted by benzenedream at 11:09 AM on July 11, 2010

Wow, Judith Hanna is an editor?

Really cool. Thanks Miko.
posted by fourcheesemac at 6:55 PM on July 11, 2010

Did they outsource Boing Boing for their design?
posted by Ogre Lawless at 1:30 PM on July 12, 2010

Wow. It's like somebody somehow guessed the exact kinds of things I most like to read about. Thanks Miko!
posted by ottereroticist at 9:40 PM on July 12, 2010

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