Neither Villain nor Victim : Empowerment and Agency among Women Substance Abusers / Tammy Anderson.
- New Brunswick, NJ : Rutgers University Press, 
- Critical Issues in Crime and Society
1 online resource (244 p.)
- Drug abuse -- Prevention.
Drug abuse -- Treatment.
Female offenders -- Drug use.
Female offenders -- Rehabilitation.
Women drug addicts.
Women prisoners -- Drug use.
Women prisoners -- Rehabilitation.
- In English.
- System Details:
- Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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- Female drug addicts are often stereotyped either as promiscuous, lazy, and selfish, or as weak, scared, and trapped into addiction. These depictions typify the "pathology and powerlessness" narrative that has historically characterized popular and academic conversations about female substance abusers. Neither Villain Nor Victim attempts to correct these polarizing perspectives by presenting a critical feminist analysis of the drug world. By shifting the discussion to one centered on women's agency and empowerment, this book reveals the complex experiences and social relationships of women addicts. Essays explore a range of topics, including the many ways that women negotiate the illicit drug world, how former drug addicts manage the more intimate aspects of their lives as they try to achieve abstinence, how women tend to use intervention resources more positively than their male counterparts, and how society can improve its response to female substance abusers by moving away from social controls (such as the criminalization of prostitution) and rehabilitative programs that have been shown to fail women in the long term. Advancing important new perspectives about the position of women in the drug world, this book is essential reading in courses on women and crime, feminist theory, and criminal justice.
Chapter 1. Dimensions of Women's Power in the Illicit Drug Economy
Chapter 2. Seeing Women, Power, and Drugs through the Lens of Embodiment
Chapter 3. Demonstrating a Female-Specific Agency and Empowerment in Drug Selling
Chapter 4. Negotiating the Streets
Chapter 5. Women's Agency in the Context of Drug Use
Chapter 6. Facilitating Change for Women?
Chapter 7. Negotiating Gender for Couples in Methadone Maintenance Treatment
Chapter 8. A Spoonful of Sugar? Treating Women in Prison
Chapter 9. More of a Danger to Myself
Chapter 10. "Hustling" to Save Women's Lives
Chapter 11. Drug Use, Prostitution, and Globalization
Notes on Contributors
- Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 23. Jun 2020)
- Anderson, Tammy.
Anderson, Tammy, editor., Editor,
Berger, Michele Tracy
- Contained In:
- De Gruyter University Press Library.
- Publisher Number:
- 10.36019/9780813544632 doi
- Access Restriction:
- Restricted for use by site license.
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