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Dehumanizing Discourse, Anti-drug Law and Policy in America

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Assata Zerai, Rae BanksAssistant Professor, African American Studies Department, Syracuse University, USA

ISBN13: 9780754615453
ISBN: 0754615456
Published: April 2004
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print



The problem of drug use by pregnant women has been widely discussed and both social policy and legislation have been created in an attempt to deal with it. Using a black feminist analysis, this probing volume challenges these policies and laws, as well as much of the discussion, by examining the significant sexist, racist and class-based ideologies which underlie them.

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Contents:
Introduction - Black feminist theory and methods in pursuit of social justice. Engendering Blame: Pregnancy, addiction, and neoconservative public discourse - creating the ""crack mother""; Research, policy and the politicized womb; Understanding the genesis of the underweight ""crack baby"" - the link between inadequate access to prenatal care and low birth weight. New Ways to Frame the Problem: Confronting hostile environments - courageous women providing health and healing; Conclusion - a better way of thinking about maternal drug use.