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Cultura y representaciones sociales

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OSPINA ESCOBAR, Angélica María. Pride and shame. The emotional spectrum in biographies of male injecting drug users in Hermosillo, Sonora. Cultura representaciones soc [online]. 2019, vol.13, n.26, pp.337-372. ISSN 2007-8110.

Based on biographical stories compiled in 2015 of injected drug users, an analysis is made of fluctuations between pride and shame as indicators of the quality of social ties at different moments in the trajectories of drug use among two groups of men. The condition of impoverishment and violence faced by the participants during their childhood generated feelings of shame and inadequacy. Throughout their biographies, the subjects seek to build new narratives of themselves in order to compensate the injuries generated by the early feeling of shame. Belonging to deviant groups and the use of drugs are strategies which allow them to gain status and power. However, with the consolidation of the trajectories of drug use, the emotional cost of carrying the stigma of the “addicted” and the social detachment were amplified. The analysis of the participants’ socio-emotional experience makes it possible to visualize the mechanisms through which the stigma of drug use is internalized, and the strategies used by the subjects to administer it, as well as the social anchors that make it possible to carry out less risky drug use dynamics.

Keywords : injecting drugs users; sociology of emotions; pride; shame; harm reduction.

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