Jive Dope Fiend Whoes

In the Street and in Rehabilitation
  • Patricia Cleckner


Until very recently the term female drug user conjured up an image of a shadowy emaciated black addict streetwalker: devious, dirty, and desperate for another fix. The woman behind this stereotype is not the norm, as drug researchers have been discovering. Middle-class prescription users by far outnumber their ghetto sisters. In the ghetto itself, the female users of narcotics often engage in property crimes, shoplifting and short con games. Yet the image of the “jive dope fiend whoe”* is a haunting one, since she represents, in some sense, the pariah of the pariahs, contradicting norms of both sobriety and sexual ownership, being a pleasure-seeker who rents her favors.


Sexual Exploitation Property Crime Therapeutic Community Heroin Addict Male Client 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Patricia Cleckner
    • 1
  1. 1.Up Front, Inc.MiamiUSA

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