Sexed Work Gender, Race and Resistance in a Brooklyn Drug Market
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This is the first detailed account of the economic lives of women drug users. It is located at the boundaries of three disciplines - criminology, anthropology, and sociology - and based on three years of in-depth ethnographic fieldwork in New York City. Set in a neighbourhood plagued by drug use and AIDs, the book reveals the economic lives of a group of women whose options have been severely circumscribed, not only by drug use, but also by poverty, racism, violence, and enduring marginality. It is a fascinating account, with Maher drawing extensively on the women's own words, describing how structures and relations of gender, race and class, are articulated by divisions of labour in the street-level drug economy. The book challenges the impoverished set of characterizations which dominate the literature, critiquing both feminist and non-feminist representations that view women lawbreakers as driven by forces beyond their control. It graphically illustrates the role of the drug economy as a site of cultural reproduction by drawing attention to the specific practices by which gender and race dimensions of inequality are constituted and contested in street-level drug markets. This is a rich, nuanced, and theoretically sophisticated study of `crime as work' which will be compelling reading for all those interested in the ways in which women deal with the intersection of gender, race, and work.
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Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/24/2000
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
|Readings of Victimization and Volition|
|Taking it on the Street|
|Gender, Work, and Informalization|
|A Reserve Army: Women and the Drug Market|
|Jobs for the Boyz: Street Hustles|
|A Hard Road to Ho: Sexwork|
|Intersectionalities: Gender, Race and Class|
|The Reproduction of Inequalities|
|Appendix: On Reflexivity, Reciprocity, and Ethnographic Research|