By Kelly Ray Knight
For the addicted, pregnant, and negative ladies dwelling in daily-rent resorts in San Francisco's challenge district, existence is marked by means of battles opposed to drug cravings, housing debt, and power violence. during this attractive ethnography Kelly Ray Knight offers those ladies in all their advanced humanity and asks what sorts 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 hospital, reformatory, and relatives courtroom, and again to the inns. She techniques addicted being pregnant as a regular phenomenon in those women's lives and describes how they need 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 technological know-how views, Knight forces us to confront and think again the methods we predict approximately dependancy, trauma, overall healthiness, criminal activity, and accountability.
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Ramona’s protest to me, to the contrary, was that if she was paying for her room with her ssi, and it was garnered through a governmental case management apparatus, then it was an sro. If she hustled for the daily rent, it was not. These distinctions are not simply about linguistics. Many women (and men) lose access to entitlements and face eviction if it is discovered that they are harboring another person in their entitlement-subsidized room. Those who have subsidized “sro” rooms have limited “overnights” — nights in which partners, friends, children, or others are allowed to stay the night without jeopardizing an entitlement benefit and risking the loss of housing.
He ignored her. ” as he bounded up the stairs. ” She only asked us for wound care supplies. She wouldn’t even take a sandwich, she was feeling so sick. It was very sad to leave her crumpled up like that on the hotel stairs. I don’t know what ended up happening with her that night. Consumption and Insecurity Consumption • T he process of taking food into the body through the mouth (as by eating) • Pulmonary tuberculosis: involving the lungs with progressive wasting of the body • (Economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing • The act of consuming something Insecurity • T he state of being subject to danger or injury • The anxiety you experience when you feel vulnerable and insecure2 These definitions of “consumption” offer images of both gain (as through eating, or consuming) and loss (as through disease wasting, or utilizing goods).
My ethnographic focus was on the private daily-rent hotels because I was interested in exploring the relationship between drug-sex economies and economies of temporary housing. 7 The complex configuration of addiction, interpersonal relationships, entitlements, and mental health contributed to this fact. However, it was equally a by-product of the problematic role of pregnancy in this setting. Women could not return to either the private daily-rent hotels or many government-funded hotel rooms because neither of these were housing sites for families — they were intended to be sro.
addicted.pregnant.poor by Kelly Ray Knight