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By E. Summerson Carr

Scripting Addiction takes readers into the hugely ritualized international of mainstream American habit remedy. it's a global the place medical practitioners review how drug clients talk about themselves and their difficulties, and the place the suitable of "healthy" speak is explicitly promoted, conscientiously monitored, and pointed out because the basic signal of healing growth. The publication explores the difficult query: why do habit counselors devote themselves to reconciling drug clients' dating to language as a way to reconfigure their courting to drugs?

to respond to this query, anthropologist Summerson Carr lines the charged interactions among counselors, consumers, and case managers at "Fresh Beginnings," an habit therapy software for homeless girls within the midwestern usa. She indicates that safeguard, meals, or even the custody of youngsters hold within the stability of daily healing exchanges, resembling scientific checks, person remedy classes, and self-help conferences. aware of the excessive stakes of self-representation, skilled consumers research and learn how to successfully practice prescribed methods of conversing, a mimetic perform they name "flipping the script."

As a scientific ethnography, Scripting Addiction examines how a long time of medical theorizing approximately dependancy, language, self-knowledge, and sobriety is manifested in interactions among counselors and consumers. As an ethnography of the modern usa, the publication demonstrates the advanced cultural roots of the strong scientific principles that form healing transactions--and by way of extension administrative workouts and institutional dynamics--at websites akin to "Fresh Beginnings."

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