I have been conducting ethnographic research in Naples since 1998. I study contact zones where so-called formal, informal and illicit economies overlap and where underemployed people get entangled with the camorra, the region's powerful and volatile organized crime networks, paying special attention to music, video, television, and piracy. I am particularly interested in the problem of “complicity” and the relationship between moral/political economy, aesthetic practices, and affective atmospheres.
Additionally, I have been conducting ethnographic research on methamphetamine home manufacture and use in rural and urban North America since 2005. I focus on material cultures and aesthetics, neurological states, embodiments, and everyday performance imperatives that are twined with capitalist epistemologies, with a particular interest in Big Pharma.