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Author Sharpe, Tanya Telfair.

Title Behind the eight ball : sex for crack cocaine exchange and poor black women / Tanya Telfair Sharpe
Published New York : Haworth Press, [2005]
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 245 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents The social and economic precursors of crack use in inner cities -- Bearing the legacy of social change : a theory of gender roles among the inner-city poor -- The crack culture and its roles : the complexities of crack prostitution -- A picture of the women -- Lives of women who exchange sex for crack -- Exchanging sex for crack and sexual risk taking -- Sex-for-crack pregnancies -- Sex-for-crack children -- Discussion, conclusions, and policy suggestions -- Method notes
Summary "Behind the Eight Ball documents an American tragedy that highlights the widening gap between social and economic classes. In their own words, poor black women share the details of their lives before and after crack cocaine invaded their communities, each recalling the circumstances of her introduction to the drug and her first experience using sex to support her addiction. These candid interviews expose the changes in inner-city neighborhoods that created the perfect conditions for a crack stronghold. They also highlight the crack cocaine economy's impact on the lives of inner-city residents and the social consequences of crack addiction for women like "April," who suffered a series of family tragedies including deaths from AIDS, child abuse and neglect, and the state-ordered removal of all the minor children in her family."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject African American women -- Drug use.
Children of prenatal substance abuse -- United States.
Crack (Drug) -- United States.
Drugs and sex -- United States.
Poor women -- Drug use -- United States.
Women drug addicts -- Sexual behavior -- United States.
Cocaine-Related Disorders -- ethnology.
Crack Cocaine.
African Americans.
Sexual Behavior -- ethnology.
Social Problems.
United States.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2005003162
ISBN 0203050541
1136423524 (electronic bk.)
9781136423529 (electronic bk.)