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Mothers and Illicit Drugs: Transcending the Myths Paperback – March 27, 1999


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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division (March 27, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802081517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802081513
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,330,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Susan C. Boyd is a professor in Studies in Policy and Practice at the University of Victoria.


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The book uses an overt feminist perspective to analyze motherhood and drug use. In the book, she attempts to refute the common argument, (aka "transcend the myth") that drug-abusing women tend to make worse mothers than non-drug-abusing women. However, practically every study the author uses to support the case is based on testimony from the mothers themselves. Can you say "bias"? Obviously, the vast majority of mothers -- drug-addicted or not -- will wax lovingly about their children and hold the best of intentions. Critically, Boyd provides no evidence on observed parenting behavior or child outcomes -- you know, real evidence. Thus, she can preach for page upon page, she can paste paragraph upon paragraph of the direct quotes of mothers -- "voices of the marginalized," that she can interpret like they are assignments in a sociology seminar -- but her case remains sound asleep.
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