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Alcoholics Anonymous as a Social Movement

@inproceedings{MillerAlcoholicsAA,
  title={Alcoholics Anonymous as a Social Movement},
  author={W. 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… Expand
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