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

Paperback | June 1, 2000

byLisa Maher

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This is the first detailed account of the economic lives of women drug users. It is located at the boundaries of three disciplines - criminology, anthropology, and sociology - and based on three years of in-depth ethnographic fieldwork in New York City. Set in a neighbourhood plagued by druguse and AIDs, the book 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. It is a fascinating account, with Maher drawing extensively on the women's own words,describing how structures and relations of gender, race and class, are articulated by divisions of labour in the street-level drug economy. The book challenges the impoverished set of characterizations which dominate the literature, critiquing both feminist and non-feminist representations that viewwomen lawbreakers as driven by forces beyond their control. It graphically illustrates the role of the drug economy as a site of cultural reproduction by drawing attention to the specific practices by which gender and race dimensions of inequality are constituted and contested in street-level drugmarkets. This is a rich, nuanced, and theoretically sophisticated study of `crime as work' which will be compelling reading for all those interested in the ways in which women deal with the intersection of gender, race, and work.

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This is the first detailed account of the economic lives of women drug users. It is located at the boundaries of three disciplines - criminology, anthropology, and sociology - and based on three years of in-depth ethnographic fieldwork in New York City. Set in a neighbourhood plagued by druguse and AIDs, the book reveals the economic l...

Lisa Maher is a Research Fellow of the Australian Drug Research Foundation at the University of New South Wales.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:June 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Readings of Victimization and Volition2. Taking it on the Street3. Gender, Work, and Informalization4. A Reserve Army: Women and the Drug Market5. Jobs for the Boyz: Street Hustles6. A Hard Road to Home: Sexwork7. Intersectionalities: Gender, Race and Class8. The Reproduction of InequalitiesAppendix: On Reflexivity, Reciprocity, and Ethnographic Research