The Dimensions of Women's Power in Today's Illicit Drug World

Tammy L. Anderson, University of Delaware

My paper is fundamentally concerned with the dimensions of women's power in the illicit drug world, especially as they impact the lives of women and girls. This paper is part of a larger book project that will bring together original essays, written by women scholars, on other dimensions of women's power in the illicit drug world as well. Unlike the androcentric ethnographies mentioned above, I utilize a feminist approach to explore the kinds of power females possess in the drug world and their societal impact. To the extent that power is a relational concept (Hartsock 1983), however, understanding the dimensions of power among females involved in drug worlds will also help inform the experiences of males.

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