Area of Expertise
Adrienne Pine is a medical anthropologist who has worked in Honduras, Mexico, Korea, the United States, and Egypt. Her book Working Hard, Drinking Hard: On Violence and Survival in Honduras (University of California Press, 2008) examines the formation of Honduran subjectivities through an analysis of three intertwined topics: violence, alcohol, and maquiladoras. In the book she argues that the symbolic violence resulting from Hondurans’ embodied obsession with certain forms of "real" violence is a necessary condition for the acceptance of violent forms of modernity and capitalism. Pine has worked both outside and inside higher education to effect a more just world. Prior to and following the June 2009 military coup in Honduras, she collaborated with numerous organizations and individuals to bring international attention to the Honduran struggle in an effort to halt state violence, in its multiple forms. She has conducted extensive research on the impact of corporate health-care and health-care technologies on labor practices in the United States.