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

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

by Lisa Maher
     
 

ISBN-10: 019826495X

ISBN-13: 9780198264958

Pub. Date: 11/28/1997

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198264958
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/28/1997
Series:
Clarendon Studies in Criminology Series
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

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 Ho: Sexwork
7: Intersectionalities: Gender, Race and Class
8: The Reproduction of Inequalities
Appendix: On Reflexivity, Reciprocity, and Ethnographic Research

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