Incriminating Women of Circumstance: The Gendered and Material Implications of the War on Drugs

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Morrissey, Mary, “Incriminating Women of Circumstance: The Gendered and Material Implications of the War on Drugs,” Scholar@Simmons, accessed March 31, 2020, https://beatleyweb.simmons.edu/scholar/items/show/82.

Title

Incriminating Women of Circumstance: The Gendered and Material Implications of the War on Drugs

Creator

Morrissey, Mary

Date

2017

Description

As the War on Drugs has removed a large population of black men from urban communities, scholars have argued that the War on Drugs is in fact a “war on (black) women” (Bush-Baskette, 1998; Bush-Baskette, 1999; Goldfarb, 2002). This project examines the gendered and material implications of the War on Drugs. It interrogates the carceral and non-carceral experiences of women, particularly those involved in intimate or familial relationships with drug traffickers who are men. Using intersectional materialism and legal scholarship as lenses, I argue that women’s experiences in criminalized drug cases are inextricably linked to hegemonic gender roles and the gendered division of labor. An examination of non-carceral and carceral policies and case studies demonstrates how women’s outcomes relate to reproductive labor, gendered expectations in their personal relationships, and their positions on the peripheries of the drug market.

Publisher

Simmons College (Boston, Mass.)

Format

1 PDF (58 Pages)

Language

English

Type

Masters Theses