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Working Hard, Drinking Hard: On Violence and Survival in Honduras [Paperback]

Adrienne Pine

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May 7 2008
"Honduras is violent." Adrienne Pine situates this oft-repeated claim at the center of her vivid and nuanced chronicle of Honduran subjectivity. Through an examination of three major subject areas—violence, alcohol, and the export-processing (maquiladora) industry—Pine explores the daily relationships and routines of urban Hondurans. She views their lives in the context of the vast economic footprint on and ideological domination of the region by the United States, powerfully elucidating the extent of Honduras's dependence. She provides a historically situated ethnographic analysis of this fraught relationship and the effect it has had on Hondurans' understanding of who they are. The result is a rich and visceral portrait of a culture buffeted by the forces of globalization and inequality.

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“Pine has written a path-breaking book that forms an analytical bridge between the structures of neoliberalism and daily life for the poor who live within its midst.”
(Estudios Interdisciplinarios De America Latina Y El Caribe (Eial) 2011-03-15)

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"A theoretically cutting edge ethnography of neoliberalism as suffered by most poor people across the globe. Pine creatively links macro-structural forces in Honduras to the everyday life of factory workers, shanty town dwellers, gang kids, alcoholics and crack smokers within the context of globalized consumerism and the history of U.S. domination of Central America."—Philippe Bourgois, author of In Search of Respect

"Gutsy fieldwork. A compassionate analysis of the links between work, violence, corporate capitalism, American empire, and self-worth. It will make your blood boil."—Laura Nader, University of California, Berkeley

"Using largely the voices of others, Pine's rigorous but sensitive anthropological approach interweaves gangs, work, religion, drink, politics, and even globalization to show clearly how violence pervades the everyday life of many Hondurans. It is a realistic tour de force!"—Dwight B. Heath, Brown University

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5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring and accessible journey Aug. 15 2008
By A. Justus - Published on Amazon.com
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Pine's "Working Hard, Drinking Hard" left me feeling impressed with her grasp and relay of the often confusing social and economic landscape in Honduran life. Her willingness to grapple with modern issues of inequality, globalization, and violence were an eye-opening and shocking view into modern Honduras. Similarly, the sensitivity and commitment to both macro and micro level issues was refreshing and thought provoking. Pine has a real knack for making often overwhelming issues very digestible to academicians and non-academicians alike. This is a satisfying read that imparts important and valuable knowledge. It deserves a place on the shelves of all persons concerned about and interested in social, political, and economic change.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for my college course Jan. 9 2013
By Monica - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was interesting and I would recommend it to anyone traveling to Honduras or to anyone who has an interest in the country.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent ethnography! Nov. 5 2009
By M. Schellentrager - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed reading Working Hard, Drinking Hard immensely. I had very little knowledge of Honduras before reading it, but Pine's background information was more than sufficient for my understanding. It is an incredibly accessible ethnography that kept me enthralled like a novel, which I value as essential for public anthropology. Pine's book includes theory but isn't overburdened by it. It includes her personal perspective and experiences but simultaneously greatly values the perspectives of her Honduran collaborators. A fascinating read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Working Hard Drinking Hard Aug. 16 2008
By Timothy J. Kirk - Published on Amazon.com
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Working Hard and Drinking Hard is required reading for people who are concerned about the real-life consequences of globalization and misguided US policy in Latin America. It connects emperical (often times gut wrenching) evidence of the affect of gang violence, and substance abuse in Honduras, without being maudlin. The book is a a triumph and a challenge to those "whose compassion may wither" if not put into action. Readers of Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein will enjoy Working Hard and the real life details Pine weaves through the book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Dec 26 2009
By R. Stravers - Published on Amazon.com
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I was disappointed with this book - it is too loosely argued with too much academic jargon. It reads like a student dissertation intended for mentors.
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