The Governance of Female Drug Users

Women’s Experiences of Drug Policy

Natasha Du Rose

The Governance of Female Drug Users

Natasha Du Rose

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

224 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2015
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9781847426727 Published August 2015 For sale in North and South America only
This book is the first to examine how female drug users’ identities, and hence their experiences, are shaped by drug policies. Drawing from in-depth accounts from forty-one drug-using women, it offers an empirical analysis of the subjectivities current drug policies ascribe to women users and how these prolong—rather than end—their problematic drug use while reinforcing their social exclusion. Challenging popular misconceptions of female users, The Governance of Female Drug Users calls for the reformulation of drug policies based on gender equity and social justice.
Contents
Part One
Introduction
Research Context
Political Context
Part Two
Prohibition
Medicalisation
Welfarisation
Part Three
Psychosocial Accounts
Social Stories
Conclusion
Appendix: Research methods
Review Quotes
Susan Boyd, University of Victoria, Canada
“A welcome addition to feminist scholarship. Du Rose vividly demonstrates how women’s identities and experiences are shaped by punitive and contradictory drug policies.”
Pat Carlen, Leicester University
“Beautifully written, innovative, readable, and well-researched, Du Rose’s book is a sophisticated contribution to the very little knowledge there is about female drug users.”
Jo Phoenix, University of Leicester
“A must-read for anyone wanting to understand the various ways in which discourses of women’s drug use shape drug policies in the UK, USA, and Canada and women’s sense of selves as drug users.”
Nancy D. Campbell, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute | Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books
“This is a valuable effort—the ongoing documentation of the distance between drug policy discourse and the lived realities described by women who are simultaneously navigating their ‘desire to be normal’ and their ‘alienation from the straight world.’ . . . This is a well-written, thorough account from women who inhabit social worlds that remain deeply misunderstood.”
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