The Language of the Heart: A Cultural History of the Recovery Movement from Alcoholics Anonymous to Oprah Winfrey

The Language of the Heart: A Cultural History of the Recovery Movement from Alcoholics Anonymous to Oprah Winfrey

by Trysh Travis

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ISBN-13: 9781469607306
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 02/01/2013
Edition description: 1
Pages: 376
Sales rank: 487,936
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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Trysh Travis is associate professor of women's studies at the University of Florida. She helped to found and now edits Points: the Blog of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society.

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Travis's understanding of the recovery movement has profound implications for several established academic disciplines as well as for the incipient cross-disciplinary field of alcohol and addiction studies.—John W. Crowley, University of Alabama



Tracing the rise and diffusion of the Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step program from subculture to pop culture, Travis provides an excellent history of the recovery movement. Destined to be a landmark in the field.—Joan D. Hedrick, Trinity College



A major reconsideration of one of modern America's most popular cultural traditions, written with intelligence and verve. Much scholarship on recovery culture derides it as apolitical self-absorption; Travis, skeptical of such polemics, discovers a dynamic and contested history of ordinary women and men navigating the complex gender and race politics of the postwar era.—David Herzberg, author of Happy Pills in America: From Miltown to Prozac



With verve and nuance, Travis offers fresh insight into the gendered subtext of recovery, one of the most broadly successful social movements of the twentieth century.—Nancy Campbell, author of Using Women: Gender, Drug Policy, and Social Justice

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Language of the Heart: A Cultural History of the Recovery Movement from Alcoholics Anonymous to Oprah Winfrey 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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A Gross Distortion of the benefits and applications of spirituality. Politically biased overtones.