Regeneration: love, drugs and the remaking of Hispano inheritance
Article first published online: 15 MAY 2014
© 2014 European Association of Social Anthropologists.
Volume 22, Issue 2, pages 200–212, May 2014
How to Cite
Garcia, A. (2014), Regeneration: love, drugs and the remaking of Hispano inheritance. Social Anthropology, 22: 200–212. doi: 10.1111/1469-8676.12070
- Issue published online: 15 MAY 2014
- Article first published online: 15 MAY 2014
This article explores the changing nature of inheritance among Hispanos in northern New Mexico. Specifically, it examines how Hispano families have reworked the traditional application of inheritance, referring to property passed down the generations, to conceive of heroin addiction as ‘inherited’. It shows how this emerging formation of inheritance is shaped by, and refracts back upon, past configurations of property and belonging. This article reflects on intergenerational addiction as a modality of connection and continuity, but one that is entangled with experiences of loss. It highlights the implications of this tension for anthropological understandings of inheritance, addiction and the embodiment of history.