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

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

by Danny M. WilcoxDanny M. Wilcox


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275960490
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/25/1998
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.44(d)
Lexile: 1340L (what's this?)

About the Author

DANNY M. WILCOX is Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, Institute of Anthropology, School of Community Service at the University of North Texas. He authored the chapter Drug Culture: Everybody Uses Something in Larry L. Naylor's (ed.), Cultural Diversity in the United States (Bergin & Garvey, 1997).

Table of Contents


Alcohol Use in America

Culture and Consumption

Qualifications, Referrals, and Affiliation

The Meeting

Healing in Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholic Thinking

Language, Culture and Belief



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