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Adrienne Pine

Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology

  • Adrienne Pine is a militant medical anthropologist who has worked in Honduras, Mexico, Korea, the United States, and Egypt. In her book, Working Hard, Drinking Hard: On Violence and Survival in Honduras, 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. Dr. Pine has worked both outside and inside the academy to effect a more just world. Prior to and following the June 2009 military coup in Honduras, she has collaborated with numerous organizations and individuals to bring international attention to the Honduran struggle to halt the state violence (in its multiple forms). She has also conducted extensive research on the impact of corporate health-care and health-care technologies on labor practices in the U.S.
  • Degrees

    PhD, Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley
    MA, Demography, University of California, Berkeley
    MA, Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley
    BA, Anthropology, Brown University
  • Languages Spoken:

    Spanish (fluent)
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Partnerships & Affiliations

  • Society for Medical Anthropology

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  • Society for Applied Anthropology

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  • Association for Feminist Anthropology

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  • Latin American Studies Association

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  • Society for the Study of Social Problems

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  • American Anthropological Association

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Teaching

  • Fall 2014

    • ANTH-439 Culture, History, Power, Place: Central America
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

       
  • Geographic Areas: United States, Central America, Mexico, Korea, Egypt
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    Themes: Violence, Migration, Gender, Health Care, Technology & the Body, Political Economy, Labor Justice, Human Rights, Drug and Alcohol Studies

       

Selected Publications

       
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    Working Hard, Drinking Hard: On Violence and Survival in Honduras, University of California Press Public Anthropology Series, 2008

       
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    “Working Hard, Drinking Hard” in Upside Down World, Thursday, 21 August 2008

       
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    “Child Labor in Honduras” in Child Labor World Atlas: a Reference Encyclopedia, ed. Hugh Hindman, ME Sharpe, 2008

       
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    Waging War on the Wageless:Extrajudicial Killing, Private Armies & the Poor of Honduras,” in The War Machine and Global Health: The Human Costs of Armed Conflict and the Violence Industry, ed. Merrill Singer and G. D. Hodge, Altamira Press, forthcoming 2009

       
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    “‘Tu eres gallo...pero la de los huevos soy yo’: producción y género en las maquiladoras de Honduras" in Revista TRACE, forthcoming June 2009

       
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    “Solidarity Anthropology: How to Keep Health Care from Becoming Science Fiction” in Studying Up, Down, and Sideways, ed. R. Striker and R. Gonzalez, forthcoming 2009

       
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    “Mercenary Justice and Masculinity in Urban Honduras,” in a special “Visioning the Urban,”      edition of Gender, Place and Culture, forthcoming 2009

       

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

       
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    AUC Conference Grants: 2008 Mead Film Festival & AUC Before Community, 2009

       
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  • Civic Engagement Grant, Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement, 2008
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    NIAAA Grant for Graduate Research Training on Alcohol Problems, 2001- 2003

       
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    RAND Foundation Small Central American Grant Program, Summer 1999

       
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    Center for Latin American Studies Summer Research Grant, Summer 1999

       
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  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant to study Anthropological Demography, 1998-2000
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    Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, Korean studies, 1998-99

       
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  • Lowie Award to conduct fieldwork in Honduras. U.C. Berkeley, 1997 and 1996
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    Social Science Research Grant to conduct fieldwork in Honduras. U.C. Berkeley, 1997

       
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    Korea Foundation Graduate Scholarship Award for Korean Studies, 1996

       
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  • William Gaston Scholarship in Anthropology awarded for honors thesis. Brown U., 1993

Professional Presentations

       
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    “Borderland Rumors and the Corporatization of U.S. Healthcare,” AAA meetings, San Francisco, November 2008

       
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  • “Making Anthropology into a Public Issue,” forum organized by Nancy Scheper-Hughes in      the Public Anthropology Lecture Series “Critical Thinking for Critical Times,” Berkeley, November 2008
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    “The International War Machine and Health: The Case of Honduras,” Lecture presented at      the Leonard Davis Institute at Colonial Penn Center, U Penn, August 2008

       
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    “Expert-Witnessing Asylum: Human Rights Limitations in a Global Arena,” SSSP meetings,      Boston, July 2008

       
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  • “Mercenaries, Massacres and Maquilas,” Washington Office on Latin America, July 2008
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    “Mercenary Justice and Masculinity in Urban Honduras,” The Cynthia Nelson Institute for      Gender and Women's Studies Visioning the Urban Workshop, Cairo, May 2008

       
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  • "Gender Solidarity Work: (Lucrative) Possibilities for Practice Outside the      Corporate/Development Industry," IGWS “Gender Work” lecture series, AUC, May 2008
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    “Hollywood Locos: Honduran Gangs From Reagan to Schwarzenegger,” Humanities and      Social Sciences Dean’s lecture series, American University in Cairo, February 2008

       
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  • “Health Information Technology, Alienation, and Increasing U.S. Health Disparities,” AAA      meetings, Washington, D.C., November 2007
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    "The Health Epidemic: Therapy Society and Eroding Public Health," Shaping San      Francisco talk at CounterPULSE, January 2007

       
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    “Day of the Dead at the S.F. Hilton,” Symposium in honor of Professor Stanley Brandes, alternate AAA meetings, Berkeley, November 2004

       
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  • “Getting Drunk and Getting Sober in Honduras,” Advanced Alcohol Research Seminar,      Alcohol Research Group, Berkeley, March 2003
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    “Speech, Alcohol and Danger in Honduras,” AAG meetings, New Orleans, March 2003

       
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  • “Genocide, Alcohol, and the Maquiladora Industry in Honduras,” AAA meetings, New      Orleans, November 2002
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    “Maquilando Progreso: Making ‘Progress’ in Honduras,” AAG meetings, L.A., March 2002

       
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  • “Mitch, Maquiladoras y Mujeres,” AAA Meetings, Chicago, November 1999
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    “Los roles cambiantes de mujeres tlatzingueñas,” 3rd Cholula Symposium, UDLA Puebla,      Mexico, July 1992

       

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Area of Expertise: Honduras, violence, U.S. health-care

Additional Information: 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. 

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