Sexed Work: Gender, Race, and Resistance in a Brooklyn Drug Market / Edition 1

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Overview


Based on three years of ethnographic work in New York City, this book provides the first detailed account of the economic lives of women drug users. Set in a neighborhood plagued with AIDS, Sexed Work 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. Maher draws extensively on the women's own words to describe how structures and relations of gender, race and class are articulated by divisions of labor in the street-level drug economy. This rich, nuanced and theoretically sophisticated study of "crime as work" will be compelling reading for all those interested in the way in which women deal with the intersection of gender, race, and work.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198299318
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Series: Clarendon Studies in Criminology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 5.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Maher, Research Fellow in the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre and the School of Community Medicine, University of New South Wales

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Table of Contents

1. Readings of Victimization and Volition
2. Taking it on the Street
3. Gender, Work, and Informalization
4. A Reserve Army: Women and the Drug Market
5. Jobs for the Boyz: Street Hustles
6. A Hard Road to Home: Sexwork
7. Intersectionalities: Gender, Race and Class
8. The Reproduction of Inequalities Appendix: On Reflexivity, Reciprocity, and Ethnographic Research

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