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For the addicted, pregnant, and terrible ladies residing in daily-rent resorts in San Francisco's challenge district, lifestyles is marked through battles opposed to drug cravings, housing debt, and power violence. during this wonderful ethnography Kelly Ray Knight offers those ladies in all their advanced humanity and asks what types 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, penitentiary, and kin courtroom, and again to the resorts. She ways addicted being pregnant as a daily phenomenon in those women's lives and describes how they need to navigate the stress among pregnancy's calls for to stick fresh and the pull of habit and poverty towards drug use and intercourse paintings. by means of developing the distance for addicted women's personal narratives and analyzing addicted being pregnant from scientific, coverage, and social technological know-how views, Knight forces us to confront and reassess the methods we expect approximately habit, trauma, health and wellbeing, illegal activity, and accountability.

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My ethnographic focus was on the private daily-­rent hotels because I was interested in exploring the relationship between drug-­sex economies and economies of temporary housing. 7 The complex configuration of addiction, interpersonal relationships, entitlements, and mental health contributed to this fact. However, it was equally a by-product of the problematic role of pregnancy in this setting. Women could not return to either the private daily-­rent hotels or many government-­funded hotel rooms because neither of these were housing sites for families — they were intended to be sro.

The material conditions of consumption and insecurity at this sight demand an ethical evaluation of this complexity, one in which the vulturistic nature of the science is not eschewed yet the nuances of care, intimacy, love, and friendship are also not ignored. What interests me is the problem presented by holding all these truths, not the naming of only one of them. Commitment, Writing, and Addicted Pregnancy There is no question that my multiple attributions (as a public health researcher in the past, as an anthropologist in the present, and as an activist/ volunteer throughout) potentially created multiple social positions for me.

Pregnancy and addiction in the daily-­rent hotels was and is marked by a series of starts and stops, beginnings and endings, which traverse complex ethical terrains as women are forced to occupy the social roles of both victim and perpetrator. Daily-­rent hotels emerge as specific sites of consumption and insecurity, in which the conditions of space and place give a concrete stability to the narratives of pregnancy and addicI N T R O D U C T I O N 31 tion. These narratives are anchored to a neighborhood, a set of hallways, and a series of rooms where I conducted four years of ethnographic research.

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