Women’s Involvement in the Drug Trade: Revisiting the Emancipation Thesis in Global Perspective

Fleetwood, Jennifer and Leban, Lindsay. 2022. Women’s Involvement in the Drug Trade: Revisiting the Emancipation Thesis in Global Perspective. Deviant Behavior, ISSN 0163-9625 [Article] (In Press)

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Abstract or Description

This article undertakes a global review of women involved in cultivation, processing, transporting and selling drugs. It is underpinned by twin theoretical concerns. First, we recap and critique the emancipation thesis, especially from a global perspective. Secondly, we examine how diverse global contexts shape women’s involvement and the roles they occupy in these economies, challenging the notion that women’s involvement in the drug trade is novel, increasing, or attributable to emancipation. Our review shows that women are ubiquitous to the drug trade and women’s labor is fundamental to it. Rather than emancipation, we find that contextually-embedded experiences of gender shape women’s involvement. We conclude by identifying and thematizing factors better able to explain women’s participation in the illegal drug trade and guide future work.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1080/01639625.2022.2033607

Keywords:

drug trade, drug markets, women, gender, emancipation, liberation

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Sociology

Dates:

DateEvent
19 January 2022Accepted
16 February 2022Published Online

Item ID:

31236

Date Deposited:

24 Jan 2022 09:43

Last Modified:

17 Feb 2022 14:15

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

https://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/31236

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