The opioid crisis and the infrastructure of social capital

Susan Starr Sered

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This paper reflects upon ethnographic work carried out in a suburban Massachusetts town that has experienced particularly high rates of opioid mis/use. In open-ended conversations, residents attributed the local opioid crisis to institutional betrayals of various sorts. Building upon the idea that social capital tends to be health-enhancing, this paper traces the decline in the infrastructure of social capital and the associated decline in cultural capital or scripts for making sense out of life's challenges.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-55
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Drug Policy
StatePublished - Sep 2019
Externally publishedYes

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  • Cultural capital
  • Opioid crisis
  • Social capital


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