By Kelly Ray Knight
For the addicted, pregnant, and bad ladies residing in daily-rent resorts in San Francisco's venture district, lifestyles is marked by way of battles opposed to drug cravings, housing debt, and capability violence. during this attractive ethnography Kelly Ray Knight offers those girls in all their complicated humanity and asks what different types of futures are attainable for them given their likely hopeless scenario. in the course of her 4 years of fieldwork Knight documented women’s struggles as they traveled from the road to the health facility, reformatory, and family members courtroom, and again to the resorts. She ways addicted being pregnant as a daily phenomenon in those women's lives and describes how they have to navigate the stress among pregnancy's calls for to stick fresh and the pull of dependancy and poverty towards drug use and intercourse paintings. by way of developing the gap for addicted women's personal narratives and studying addicted being pregnant from clinical, coverage, and social technology views, Knight forces us to confront and re-evaluate the methods we expect approximately habit, trauma, healthiness, criminal activity, and accountability.
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The witness here can play an important role of revealing the social and structural underpinnings of social suffering. Beyond that, my relationships with the women in the daily-rent hotels were more complex and ambivalent than a simplified political economic analysis 24 INTRODUCTION of poverty would capture or, indeed, support. I was a vulture, an anthropologist seeking information, stories, and photographs to document the everyday suffering in the daily-rent hotels. ” I did not have the clinical power to aid or cure or the social power to grant better housing or case management.
However, because many of the women were in ongoing legal cases and family conflicts in relation to their multiple addicted pregnancies, most with very uncertain out28 INTRODUCTION comes, I felt the potential for negative consequences of circulating identifiable images was too great. ”36 While I have chosen to omit photographs of women, or their children and partners, that are identifiable, I have chosen to reveal the neighborhood and city in which I worked (although all the daily-rent hotels and service agencies have been given pseudonyms).
She often sits but doesn’t engage much and stares ahead of her. 26 INTRODUCTION Many of the women come into the drop-in like a hurricane and create a lot of energy and sometimes disruption. They announce themselves. Not Alexandra. My impression is that she is largely unnoticed, despite her size. I have taken a liking to her, partly because of her easy smile and gentle manner at the site. She doesn’t intimidate me like some of the other women do. ” “Oh. That was me. ” “Yeah, you look just like her.
addicted.pregnant.poor by Kelly Ray Knight