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Alcoholics Anonymous as a Social Movement

  title={Alcoholics Anonymous as a Social Movement},
  author={William R Miller}
As a mutual-help movement without aspirations to societal change, Alcoholics Anonymous falls outside the boundaries of most sociological discussions of social movements. AA is a pervasive presence in North America; survey data suggests that AA's own membership claims are understated. Its main principles of organization -openness of membership, the group as the autonomous organizational base; no affiliations or distractions, and internal equality and democracy -draw on previous American models… 

Alcoholics Anonymous Discourse and Members' Resistance in a Virtual Community: Exploring Tensions between Theory and Practice

Alcoholics Anonymous has greatly informed the individual, social, and political landscape of the contemporary self-help or mutual-aid movement. There has emerged, in turn, a vast, though largely

Criticism as Deviance and Social Control in Alcoholics Anonymous

Emile Durkheim recognized many years ago that all groups—even a “society of saints”—produce deviants. Group members must then come to terms with how to respond to and control those who violate the

Power and Solidarity-Building in the Discourse of Alcoholics Anonymous

Abstract The focus of this study is on the spoken and written discourse of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and its constitutive effect on its social organisation. Relevant aspects of AA literature are

Making Meaning of Alcoholics Anonymous for Social Workers: Myths, Metaphors, and Realities

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), the increasingly popular mutual-help program for alcoholics, is often criticized for being Just another substitute addiction, emphasizing "powerlessness" to already

Surrender to win: Constructions of 12-step recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction

It is suggested that participants constructed themselves not as subjected by Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous discourse, but as drawing on it in ways aligned with agency, in order to practice care of the self in pursuit of various ethical goals.

How does AA?s 12 Steps and Membership of the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous Work for Addressing Drinking Problems?

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is the world?s largest and most recognisable recovery ?program?, and central to its philosophy is the 12 Step Program. AA is a global organisation of 2.2 million members

Symmetry in interaction in meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous: the management of conflict

This is a study of the interactive order of participants in meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). It explores, through a detailed examination of one instance of conflict, the turn-taking system of

Recovery Careers of People in Alcoholics Anonymous: Moral Careers Revisited

The concept of the “moral career” has been used to study the normative sequence of statuses that the mental patient (Goffman, 1959), the marijuana user (Becker, 1953), and the psychiatric resident

Gender and alcoholism: Pioneering alcoholic women’s contribution to Alcoholics Anonymous, 1937–60

  • Pnina Levi
  • History
    The Social History of Alcohol and Drugs
  • 2015
This article shows that despite the fact that female alcoholics who played an active and pioneering role in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) are seldom discussed in either research on this topic or the

Alcoholics and narcotics anonymous: A radical movement under threat

In recent decades, the considerable proliferation of the self-help groups (especially those of the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA)) has attracted the interest of those engaged



Alcoholics Anonymous: Cult or Cure?

This well researched, painstakingly documented book provides detailed information on the right-wing evangelical organisation (Oxford Group Movement) that gave birth to AA; the relation of AA and its

The discovery of addiction. Changing conceptions of habitual drunkenness in America.

  • H. Levine
  • Psychology
    Journal of studies on alcohol
  • 1978
The modern conception of alcoholism as a progressive, addictive disease dates from the late 18th century. By the mid-1800s it had become an integral part of American Temperance thought, as did the

Beyond Sobriety: The Cultural Significance of Alcoholics Anonymous as a Social Movement

With the noticeable growth of Alcoholics Anonymous since its founding in 1935 has come the tendency to regard the organization as a social movement. This article analyzes Alcoholics Anonymous as a

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A fascinating, fast-moving, and authoritative account of the discovery and development of the program and fellowship that the authors know today as Alcoholics Anonymous.

Factors in the Development of Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.)


In the course of the 1980s, many of those who participated in Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step groups came to think of themselves as members of a more general "12-step movement" or "recovery

Alcoholism and Alcoholics Anonymous in U.S. films, 1945-1962: the party ends for the "wet generations".

  • R. Room
  • Medicine
    Journal of studies on alcohol
  • 1989
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