Fast Lives Women Who Use Crack Cocaine

ISBN-10: 1566396727

ISBN-13: 9781566396721

Edition: N/A

Authors: Claire E. Sterk

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Providing insight into drug use from the point of view of female users, this book tells of the complex lives, challenges, and choices of women who use crack cocaine. While popular images of these women present them simply as unreliable individuals, unfit mothers, and women who will do almost anything for crack, Claire Sterk's years of ethnographic research reveal the nature and meaning of crack cocaine use in the larger context of their lives, including the impact of such issues as gender, class, and race. PFocusing on active crack users, Fast Lives compiles information from participant observation, informal conversations, individual interviews, and group discussions. Sterk details the ways in which use affects the lives of these crack users. She captures how these women arrived at their use, how they survive under current circumstances such as the constant threat of HIV/AIDS and violence, how they develop and maintain intimate relationships, how they combine the multiple social roles of mother and drug user, and how-as they share their aspirations and expectations for the future-their stories underscore the effects of poverty, sexism, and racism on their lives. PMany of these women recognize their own responsibility for ensuring positive change. Sterk's book, which includes an argument for a "harm reduction" approach, reminds us that their strength and courage will too often be futile without social policies that are realistic and appropriate for women. IFast Lives will engage readers interested in social problems as well as students of cultural anthropology, sociology, criminology, public health, ethnography, substance abuse, and women's health. Author note: Claire E. Sterk is Associate Professor of Public Health at Emory University.
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Book details

List price: $30.95
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication date: 2/17/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 242
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Getting Into Drugs
Patterns of Income Generations and Drug Use
Significant Others: The Women's Steady Partners
Reproduction and Motherhood
Off and On: Experiences with Drug Treatment
Female Drug Users and the AIDS Epidemic
Violent Encounters
Past Experiences, Future Aspirations, and Policies
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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