By Kelly Ray Knight
For the addicted, pregnant, and terrible girls dwelling in daily-rent lodges in San Francisco's venture district, existence is marked through battles opposed to drug cravings, housing debt, and strength violence. during this gorgeous ethnography Kelly Ray Knight provides those ladies in all their complicated humanity and asks what sorts of futures are attainable for them given their probably 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, reformatory, and kin 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 distance for addicted women's personal narratives and analyzing addicted being pregnant from clinical, coverage, and social technological know-how views, Knight forces us to confront and reassess the methods we predict approximately dependancy, trauma, future health, criminal activity, and accountability.
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She wants to change the bloody pads in her underwear but discovers that the blood has already soaked through her jeans. ” she exclaims. Drawing on my limited gynecological knowledge, I ask what color the blood is to try and determine if it is newer bleeding (bright red) or clots (darker). She indicates that it is clots. Because she 22 INTRODUCTION left the hospital against medical advice (AMA), she also left without the antibiotics she was supposed to be taking postsurgery. “I have to get to work to pay for this room,” she tells me.
It is important to note that Jackie’s assessment of the exploitation as part of “the business” was absolutely correct. While I witnessed hotel managers harassing women and hostility between the managers and the women was frequent, it was hardly ever personal. It was about the rent. Indebted women would be targeted for more intense forms of harassment. When rent was paid, relations were friendlier in the hotels, or at least not fraught with conflict. However, because of addiction, debt, and exploitation, rents were rarely paid easily or on time.
Other guests got “hung out to dry” without a warning, especially if they had garnered disfavor with the management. Some of the gatekeepers worked in multiple hotels on the same blocks. The young male gatekeepers at some hotels were on the Internet and barely raised their heads in acknowledgment when we arrived to conduct outreach (not the case if I arrived by myself). At some hotels, children as young as six or seven years old would be in charge of the door buzzer, but a parent or relative was never very far away.
addicted.pregnant.poor by Kelly Ray Knight