1st Edition

Using Women Gender, Drug Policy, and Social Justice

By Nancy Campbell Copyright 2000

    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'.

    List of illustrations, Acknowledgments, Introduction, The Politics of Women’s Addiction and Women’s Equality, 1. Containing Equality, 2. Governing Mentalities, Gendering Narcotics, 3. Primitive Pleasures, Modern Poisons, 4. The “Enemy Within”, 5. Representing the “Real”, Mother Fixations, 6. Reproducing Drug Addiction, 7. Regulating Maternal Instinct, A Politics of Social Justice, 8. Reading Drug Ethnography, Conclusion, Notes, Index


    Nancy Campbell