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NCJ Number: 158392 Find in a Library
Title: Maternal Crack Cocaine Use: Ethnographic Reports
Author(s): S Murphy; M H Kearney; M Rosenbaum
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 31
Sponsoring Agency: Institute for Scientific Analysis
San Francisco, CA 94123
Sale Source: Institute for Scientific Analysis
2235 Lombard Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents an ethnographic perspective on the issue of mothers who use crack cocaine.
Abstract: The report discusses various feminist theories of motherhood, focusing on its historical, economic, and social-psychological context in American society. Mothering, in its contemporary configuration, is intrinsic to individual women's sense of self and identity. Preliminary qualitative data collected from crack-smoking mothers are used to describe their strategies for combining crack and motherhood, managing their feelings of guilt, and relinquishing the mothering role as both a consequence and a strategy of their drug abuse. The paper discusses some links between 19th-century political solutions for so-called unfit families and child removal policies enacted recently. 5 references
Main Term(s): Children of drug abusers
Index Term(s): Crack; Ethnomethodology; Parental attitudes
Note: DCC. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, CA, November 21, 1991.
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