Alcoholics Anonymous As a Mutual-Help Movement: A Study in Eight Societies / Edition 1

Alcoholics Anonymous As a Mutual-Help Movement: A Study in Eight Societies / Edition 1

by Klaus Makela, Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, World Health Organization
     
 

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) has an estimated worldwide membership of two million. This collaborative study offers the first comprehensive look at AA as a social movement, a belief system, a model for small group interactions, and a truly international phenomenon. The international success of AA is evidence that a system of thought and a program of action developed in

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Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) has an estimated worldwide membership of two million. This collaborative study offers the first comprehensive look at AA as a social movement, a belief system, a model for small group interactions, and a truly international phenomenon. The international success of AA is evidence that a system of thought and a program of action developed in middle-class North America in the 1930s can be adapted and made relevant in cultural environments as diverse as the slums of Mexico City, the factory towns of Poland, and the farm villages of Switzerland.
    The authors look at what actually happens in an AA meeting, how members interact, and how the AA model fits into widely varying cultural traditions. The book includes the early history of AA and its organizational principles, its international growth, and its present structure, finances, and membership. The chapters pay particular attention to the relationships of belief and action in AA, the role of written and oral tradition in the transmission of the beliefs, and cultural variations in the content of the belief system. Because AA is a mutual-help movement, the authors contrast it with professional health care of various kinds, including 12-step programs, and compare it with alternative mutual-aid organizations.
    The book draws on an abundance of data, including surveys, observation, in-depth talks with members, and a wealth of unpublished documents pertaining to AA in Austria, Finland, Iceland, Mexico, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States. The authors analyze AA’s organizational guidelines as an innovative code of principles for non-hierarchic and non-bureaucratic social structures, and suggest that AA is the prototype for an emerging social form.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299150044
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
06/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents

Tables
Authors
Acknowledgments
1Introduction3
2The place of AA among social movements8
3The early years of AA in the United States and Canada19
4The international diffusion and structure of AA25
5Organizational principles of AA43
6The local structure of AA and AA as a social network52
7Regional and national service structure73
8The finances of AA85
9The membership of AA96
10The AA program as a set of beliefs and as a program for action117
11The AA meeting as a speech event133
12Practicing the AA program153
13Men, women, and AA170
14AA and the professional treatment system185
15AA and other mutual-help movements for alcohol problems207
16Diffusion of the 12-step program to problems other than alcohol216
17The AA movement in perspective239
18Implications for professional practice and research programming253
Appendix A. Organization and methods of work of the International Collaborative Study of Alcoholics Anonymous (ICSAA)259
Appendix B. Collection of interviews, observations, life stories, and other qualitative data261
Appendix C. Group, meeting, and membership surveys267
Appendix D. Basic AA Texts274
References276
Index of Personal Names298
Subject Index303

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