By Kelly Ray Knight
For the addicted, pregnant, and terrible girls dwelling in daily-rent inns 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 provides those ladies in all their advanced humanity and asks what varieties of futures are attainable for them given their possible hopeless scenario. in the course of her 4 years of fieldwork Knight documented women’s struggles as they traveled from the road to the sanatorium, penitentiary, and relations courtroom, and again to the resorts. She ways addicted being pregnant as a regular phenomenon in those women's lives and describes how they have to navigate the strain among pregnancy's calls for to stick fresh and the pull of dependancy and poverty towards drug use and intercourse paintings. through developing the gap for addicted women's personal narratives and interpreting addicted being pregnant from clinical, coverage, and social technology views, Knight forces us to confront and reassess the methods we expect approximately dependancy, trauma, healthiness, illegal activity, and accountability.
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The geographic configuration of the built environment aided in this separation: in this three-block area the daily-rent hotels populate the western side of Mission Street, while on the eastern side apartment buildings and grocery stores and other businesses predominate. The social effects of this distinction were significant. On the east side of the street, one could walk and shop buffered from direct awareness of the drug- sex economy; on the west side, walking the block meant passing by sex workers and being offered crack.
9 While rooms might well have been occupied by more than one person, they were not specifically intended for families or single women. Currently the blurring between public and private management of individual hotel rooms and buildings makes “sro” terminology problematic. Deeming a hotel, or a hotel room, an “sro” because of its physical characteristics and layout does not reveal the important detail of how it is paid for, either daily, weekly, or monthly. All “sro” rooms do not reflect an equal economic burden on their occupants.
These interactions were not overly intimidating, but they often had the hostile feel of an official checkpoint interrogation: no one was getting by the gatekeeper without an explanation, or some money for rent or a visiting fee. Even the police who occasionally raided the hotels checked first with management, often calling to announce their impending arrival. This forewarning allowed hotel managers to privilege certain guests with a warning that the police would soon arrive or were on the premises.
addicted.pregnant.poor by Kelly Ray Knight