By Kelly Ray Knight
For the addicted, pregnant, and terrible girls residing in daily-rent motels in San Francisco's undertaking district, existence is marked by way of battles opposed to drug cravings, housing debt, and strength violence. during this beautiful ethnography Kelly Ray Knight offers those ladies in all their complicated humanity and asks what sorts 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, 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 strain among pregnancy's calls for to stick fresh and the pull of habit and poverty towards drug use and intercourse paintings. via growing the distance for addicted women's personal narratives and analyzing addicted being pregnant from clinical, coverage, and social technology views, Knight forces us to confront and think again the methods we expect approximately habit, trauma, health and wellbeing, illegal activity, and accountability.
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That dump isn’t an SRO, I have to pay daily,” she quips, annoyed at my obvious ignorance. “People call it an SRO,” I retort. “Well it isn’t. If you pay daily it isn’t an SRO. If you can pay for two [adult] people, it isn’t an SRO,” she barks back. “I got an SRO, a room at the European (Hotel). ” I ask. “I don’t know. I have to talk to the case manager, deal with the paperwork. ” Ramona points out that in the daily-rent hotels, with extra pay a renter can have more than one person sleep in his or her room.
I can’t imagine her pulling dates [doing sex work] in her condition. She doesn’t argue and goes to change her pad in the bathroom down the hall. Even if she does spike a fever, she won’t return to the hospital. Because she came in on a 5150 psychiatric admit and left AMA, Lexi fears the hospital staff will commit her, to finish off her man- datory seventy-two-hour lockdown. Then no one would be at the bus station to meet her six-year-old son, Lionel, who is arriving, alone, in several hours.
The insecurity of indebtedness produced risk for the women in their illegal activities, when they were frequently harassed to “get outside” (engage in sex work to pay for rent) by hotel management. 10 The economic exploitation of the women in the daily-rent hotels was dependent on the built environment (the hotel itself) functioning as a de facto brothel, such that the hotel managers and owners made a profit off of the women’s work. Hotel managers charged women fees for each “visitor” and regularly verbally harassed women and intimated them into engaging in sex work or risk eviction.
addicted.pregnant.poor by Kelly Ray Knight