Victor Garcia, director of MARTI-CBH and professor of anthropology, along with his colleagues
at the Prevention Research Center in Oakland, California, recently published “Ethnographic Research in Immigrant-Specific Drug Abuse Recovery Houses.” The article was featured in the Journal
of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse.
It draws on their ethnographic research in anexos, or recovery houses for Latino immigrants and migrants, and makes suggestions for gaining and maintaining access to these understudied recovery houses. Latino migrants and immigrants in these recovery
houses are a difficult-to-study population and a challenge to study.
Garcia and his colleagues focus on issues of entry, building rapport, and navigating field-specific challenges related to legality, public/private settings, and insider/outsider status. They conclude that ethnography is essential for promoting health
disparities research focused on Latinos and other diverse populations in recovery.
The findings of the article are based on a two-year, NIH-funded ethnographic study conducted in the Bay Area, California.