Investigates how the cultural representations of women drug users have defined America's drug policies in this century.
From the 1950s 'girl junkie' to the 1990s 'crack mom', Using Women investigates how the cultural representations of women drug users have defined America's drug policies in this century. In analyzing the public's continued fear, horror and outrage wrought by the specter of women using drugs, Nancy Campbell demonstrates the importance that public opinion and popular culture have played in regulating women's lives. The book will chronicle the history of women and drug use, provide a critical policy analysis of the government's drug policies and offer recommendations for the direction our current drug policies should take. Using Women includes such chapters as 'Sex, Drugs and Race in the Age of Dope'; 'Regulating Adolescents in the Postwar US'; 'Fifties Femininity'; and 'Regulating Maternal Instinct'.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations vii
Introduction Drug Policy, Social Reproduction, 1 (10)
and Social Justice
The Politics of Women's Addiction and Women's 11 (44)
Biology and Vulnerability 19 (14)
Reading Political Culture 33 (22)
Gendering Narcotics 55 (82)
Primitive Pleasures, Modern Poisons
Femininity in the ``Age of Dope'' 67 (24)
The ``Enemy Within''
Gender Deviance in the Mid-Century 91 (21)
Representing the ``Real''
Girl Drug Addicts Testify 112(25)
Mother Fixations 137(56)
Reproducing Drug Addiction
Motherhood, Respectability, and the State 144(25)
Regulating Maternal Instinct 169(24)
A Politics of Social Justice 193(28)
Reading Drug Ethnography 200(21)
Conclusion Postmodern Progressivism 221(6)