From the 1950s 'girl junkie' to the 1990s 'crack mom', Using Women investigates how the cultural representations of women drug users have defined America's drug policies in this century. In analyzing the public's continued fear, horror and outrage wrought by the specter of women using drugs, Nancy Campbell demonstrates the importance that public opinion and popular culture have played in regulating women's lives. The book will chronicle the history of women and drug use, provide a critical policy analysis of the government's drug policies and offer recommendations for the direction our current drug policies should take. Using Women includes such chapters as 'Sex, Drugs and Race in the Age of Dope'; 'Regulating Adolescents in the Postwar US'; 'Fifties Femininity'; and 'Regulating Maternal Instinct'.

chapter |10 pages


chapter 1|14 pages

Containing Equality

Biology and Vulnerability

chapter 2|22 pages

Governing Mentalities

Reading Political Culture

chapter |12 pages

Gendering Narcotics

chapter 3|24 pages

Primitive Pleasures, Modern Poisons

Femininity in the “Age of Dope”

chapter 4|21 pages

The “Enemy Within”

Gender Deviance in the Mid-Century

chapter 5|25 pages

Representing the “Real”

Girl Drug Addicts Testify

chapter |7 pages

Mother Fixations

chapter 6|25 pages

Reproducing Drug Addiction

Motherhood, Respectability, and the State

chapter 7|24 pages

Regulating Maternal Instinct

chapter |7 pages

A Politics of Social Justice

chapter 8|21 pages

Reading Drug Ethnography

chapter |6 pages


Postmodern Progressivism