Alcoholic Thinking: Language, Culture, and Belief in Alcoholics Anonymous / Edition 1

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Based on long-term observation of Alcoholics Anonymous, the author focuses on cultural rather than personal causes of drug dependence. The author also discusses how the symbolic action of AA language and culture is the key to recovery. This study yields critical information about the development and practice of alcoholism and other drug dependence. Through the shared linguistic and cultural interaction of AA, the U.S. cultural ideology that emphasizes individualism, personal achievement, self-control, and self-reliance is shown to result in conflict; thus the gap between the perceived ideal and reality intensifies feelings of separation, alienation, and isolation leading to dependency.

This detailed ethnographic narrative of Alcoholics Anonymous is based on three years of participant observation. The study suggests that anyone can be victimized by alcoholic thinking. Anthropologists, sociologists, psychologists, health care and professional social services organizations will be interested in this book.

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Wilcox combines his training as an anthropologist, 13 years as a practicing alcoholic, and observation and participation in over 600 meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous to argue that people do not have to drink alcohol to think like an alcoholic. Diverges from other studies of addiction and recovery by considering Alcoholics Anonymous as a discrete cultural entity. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275960490
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/30/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Lexile: 1340L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

DANNY M. WILCOX is Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, Institute of Anthropology, School of Community Service at the University of North Texas.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Alcohol Use in America 1
2 Culture and Consumption 13
3 Qualifications, Referrals, and Affiliation 31
4 The Meeting 45
5 Healing in Alcoholics Anonymous 63
6 Alcoholic Thinking 83
7 Language, Culture, and Belief 109
Bibliography 125
Index 135
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