Women Drug Users: An Ethnography of a Female Injecting Community

Hardcover | April 1, 1971

byAvril Taylor

not yet rated|write a review
The book provides an account of the lives and experiences of a group of female intravenous drug users in Glasgow. Based on participant observations of the women in their own setting and in-depth interviews, it is the first full ethnographic account of the lifestyle of female drug users. Itcharts their entry into drugs, the various ways in which they provide for their drug use, their relationships with friends, partners, family members, and children as well as attitudes towards professionals such as social workers with whom they come into contact by virtue of their status asdrug-using mothers. Finally, the efforts the women make to give up their use of drugs is examined, along with the reasons which make these endeavours difficult. The evidence suggests that, ironically, the lifestyle which evolves around their use of drugs offers an arena in which the women are ableto find a degree of independence and purpose otherwise lacking in their lives and which makes their drug-using lifestyle attractive even when disadvantages become apparent.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$134.49 online
$183.00 list price (save 26%)
Ships within 1-3 weeks
Ships free on orders over $25

From the Publisher

The book provides an account of the lives and experiences of a group of female intravenous drug users in Glasgow. Based on participant observations of the women in their own setting and in-depth interviews, it is the first full ethnographic account of the lifestyle of female drug users. Itcharts their entry into drugs, the various wa...

From the Jacket

This book provides an account of the lives and experiences of a group of female intravenous drug users in Glasgow. Based on participant observation of the women in their own setting and in-depth interviews with the women, it is the first full ethnographic account of the lifestyle of female drug users. It charts their entry into drugs, ...

Avril Taylor is a Research Fellow, Public Health Research Unit at University of Glasgow.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.75 inPublished:April 1, 1971Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198257961

ISBN - 13:9780198257967

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of Women Drug Users: An Ethnography of a Female Injecting Community

Reviews

Extra Content

Editorial Reviews

`An account of the lives and experiences of a group of female intravenous drug users in Glasgow. It is a highly readable text ... This book should be included in a wider range of reading lists than those strictly pertaining to criminology courses.'British Journal of Criminology