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[Xmca-l] Re: paper on models of addiction

I missed the part by Raikhel. Looks like it was attached to a prior email.
Perhaps you could offer a brief summary of that piece?

Absolutely, this ties to ontology - what is this thing that we call

Long standing conversation about this kind of thing in psychological
anthropology circles, but perhaps the full on ontological critique hasn't
yet been applied to it?


On Sat, Oct 10, 2015 at 1:46 PM, Annalisa Aguilar <annalisa@unm.edu> wrote:

> Hi Greg,
> Exactly! The subject-object stance ties into the observation made by
> Raikhel in this paper and how the model of addiction as a brain disease
> affects how we actually treat victims of addiction, which of course are not
> only the addicts, but the society overall.
> According to Raikhel, this model also affects how projects are designed
> and funded. Does any of this sound familiar??
> Then, how do we think about the person? as a "broken machine" who
> calculates incorrectly? or as a damaged product resulting from "bad"
> socialization?
> My interest is in exploring how there is an identifiable model of mind
> there. And then, how we act upon that model as if it were a real thing.
> Which may tie into ontological discussions, I don't know…
> An important point as well is also how models become reified in the
> mainstream layperson's understanding, which seems to be immediately
> commodified and reproducible. So that has to do with experts and novices
> and how they speak about the model.
> Kind regards,
> Annalisa

Gregory A. Thompson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
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