addicted.pregnant.poor by Kelly Ray Knight

By Kelly Ray Knight

For the addicted, pregnant, and negative ladies residing in daily-rent motels in San Francisco's challenge district, lifestyles is marked by means of battles opposed to drug cravings, housing debt, and strength violence. during this wonderful ethnography Kelly Ray Knight offers those ladies in all their complicated humanity and asks what types of futures are attainable for them given their doubtless 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 center, penal complex, and kin courtroom, and again to the inns. 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. through growing the gap for addicted women's personal narratives and studying addicted being pregnant from scientific, coverage, and social technology views, Knight forces us to confront and re-examine the methods we predict approximately habit, trauma, healthiness, criminal activity, and accountability.

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Daily-­rent hotels emerge as specific sites of consumption and insecurity, in which the conditions of space and place give a concrete stability to the narratives of pregnancy and addicI N T R O D U C T I O N 31 tion. These narratives are anchored to a neighborhood, a set of hallways, and a series of rooms where I conducted four years of ethnographic research. The managerial and structural practices in the daily-­rent hotels exploit women, but they also keep a roof over the heads of women who remain distal to progressive, liberal experiments in supportive housing.

At the time I stated unequivocally that my project was not an evaluation, but it didn’t matter. In some sense all research conducted in service settings, especially critical medical anthropology, one might argue, is evaluative. The following conversation indicates Alexandria’s astute observation about my multiple roles, and also how her housing concerns — and my inability to really address her needs (housing) — rendered my “anthro-­vulturing,” in whatever form, largely irrelevant. T H E W OME N’S SPAC E D ROP - ­I N C E NTER .

The daily-­rent hotels where I conducted participant observation stand on the blocks with the highest density of drug/narcotic arrests in the area. Women living in the daily-­rent hotels had mixed feelings about gentrification and the changes it wrought. Many women felt pushed out. Some women I spoke with felt the new businesses were “cleaning up the area,” making it safer than it was. Others saw Mission nighttime hipsters as easy prey for “gaffle” sales — selling fake crack cocaine (gaffle), often made of soap, to customers the seller does not expect to see again or who will be too intimated to confront the seller once they realize they have been cheated.

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