addicted.pregnant.poor (Critical Global Health: Evidence, Efficacy, Ethnography) by Kelly Ray Knight
2015 | ISBN: 0822359537, 0822359960 | English | 328 pages | PDF | 5 MB
For the addicted, pregnant, and poor women living in daily-rent hotels in San Franciscos Mission district, life is marked by battles against drug cravings, housing debt, and potential violence. In this stunning ethnography Kelly Ray Knight presents these women in all their complex humanity and asks what kinds of futures are possible for them given their seemingly hopeless situation. During her four years of fieldwork Knight documented womens struggles as they traveled from the street to the clinic, jail, and family court, and back to the hotels. She approaches addicted pregnancy as an everyday phenomenon in these womens lives and describes how they must navigate the tension between pregnancys demands to stay clean and the pull of addiction and poverty toward drug use and sex work. By creating the space for addicted womens own narratives and examining addicted pregnancy from medical, policy, and social science perspectives, Knight forces us to confront and reconsider the ways we think about addiction, trauma, health, criminality, and responsibility.