Addicted to Rehab: Race, Gender, and Drugs in the Era of Mass Incarceration

Addicted to Rehab

Race, Gender, and Drugs in the Era of Mass Incarceration

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ISBN10: 081358762X ISBN13: 9780813587622 Publisher: Rutgers Univ Pr Published: Jul 3 2017 Pages: 232 Weight: 0.75lbs. Height: 9.25" Width: 6.25" Depth: 0.75" Edition: 1st Edition Language: English

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Winner of the 2018 Division of Critical Criminology and Social Justice Book Award and the 2018 Division on Women and Crime Book of the Year Award from the ASC

After decades of the American "war on drugs" and relentless prison expansion, political officials are finally challenging mass incarceration. Many point to an apparently promising solution to reduce the prison population: addiction treatment.

In Addicted to Rehab, Bard College sociologist Allison McKim gives an in-depth and innovative ethnographic account of two such rehab programs for women, one located in the criminal justice system and one located in the private healthcare system--two very different ways of defining and treating addiction. McKim's book shows how addiction rehab reflects the race, class, and gender politics of the punitive turn. As a result, addiction has become a racialized category that has reorganized the link between punishment and welfare provision. While reformers hope that treatment will offer an alternative to punishment and help women, McKim argues that the framework of addiction further stigmatizes criminalized women and undermines our capacity to challenge gendered subordination. Her study ultimately reveals a two-tiered system, bifurcated by race and class.
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