Selected publications: Committed to Will: What’s at Stake for Anthropology in Addiction, in: Eugene Raikhel and William Garriot (ed.), Addiction Trajectories, Durham 2013, p. 263–283; with Thomas Fillitz (ed.), Debating Authenticity: Concepts of Modernity in Anthropological Perspective, New York 2013; The Addicted Self and the Pharmaceutical Self: Ecologies of Will, Information, and Power in Junkies, Addicts, and Patients, in: Janice H. Jenkins (ed.), The Pharmaceutical Self: The Global Shaping of Experience in an Age of Psychopharmacology, Santa Fe 2011, p. 209–229.
In this lecture, A. Jamie Saries explores the issues of choice and need satisfaction through the lens of “addiction”. Beginning with a brief description of the treatment of a self-described “addict”, he examines the role of “appetites” in Western Social Theory. As growth and complexity have emerged as objects of anxiety, even apocalyptic fear, in the last few decades, the terms “addict” and “addiction” have seemed ever apt for modelling these concerns. But other entities also serve this purpose, fictional entities, such vampires and zombies. Jamie Saris argues that these ways of thinking through unchecked and damaging consumption are mutually enlightening.