Addicted to Rehab: Race, Gender, and Drugs in the Era of Mass Incarceration - Critical Issues in Crime and Society (Hardback)
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Addicted to Rehab: Race, Gender, and Drugs in the Era of Mass Incarceration - Critical Issues in Crime and Society (Hardback)

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Hardback 226 Pages / Published: 30/05/2017
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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.

Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9780813587639
Number of pages: 226
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Addicted to Rehab is an important and timely contribution to the literature on mass incarceration, drug treatment, and social inequality. McKim provides crucial insight into these realms through her spectacular and engaging research."--Jill McCorkel "author of Breaking Women: Gender, Race, and the New Politics of Imprisonment "
"Addicted to Rehab is part of a small but growing group of carceral ethnographies that interrogate sites of punishment in the age of mass incarceration. To make sense of her observations, McKim draws on an impressive range of sociological literature."--American Journal of Sociology

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