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The language of the heart : a cultural history of the recovery movement from Alcoholics Anonymous to Oprah Winfrey

Author: Trysh Travis
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©2009.
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InThe Language of the HeartTrysh Travis explores the rich cultural history of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and its offshoots and the larger "recovery movement" that has grown out of them. Moving from AA's beginnings in the mid-1930s as a men's fellowship that met in church basements to the thoroughly commercialized addiction treatment centers of today, Travis chronicles the development of recovery and examines its  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Trysh Travis
ISBN: 9780807833193 0807833193
OCLC Number: 317929506
Description: xvi, 357 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction : the sex addict, the dry drunk, and the ubiquitous recovery movement --
pt. 1. Addiction and recovery --
The metaphor of disease --
The antidote of surrender --
pt. 2. Alcoholics Anonymous and print culture --
Reading the language of the heart --
The "feminization" of AA culture --
pt. 3. Politics and spirit --
The varieties of feminist recovery experience --
Oprah Winfrey and the disease of difference --
Afterword : recovery as a "populist" culture.
Responsibility: Trysh Travis.

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Offers spiritual solutions to problems of gender and power. This book explores the rich cultural history of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and its offshoots and the larger 'recovery movement' that has  Read more...

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