The Resource Walk the walk and talk the talk : an ethnography of a drug abuse treatment facility, Geoffrey R. Skoll

Walk the walk and talk the talk : an ethnography of a drug abuse treatment facility, Geoffrey R. Skoll

Label
Walk the walk and talk the talk : an ethnography of a drug abuse treatment facility
Title
Walk the walk and talk the talk
Title remainder
an ethnography of a drug abuse treatment facility
Statement of responsibility
Geoffrey R. Skoll
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
As a counselor for more than two years at a residential drug abuse treatment facility located in a midwestern city, Geoffrey Skoll observed the many contradictions between the public image of the institution as a center for therapy and treatment and the actual day-to-day practices that go on inside. In this case study, he argues that the facility forces its residents to "walk the walk and talk the talk" by compelling them to subscribe to its rules and ideology, which emphasize the need for them to conform to the image of a dope fiend in order to show "progress" in treatment. Skoll contends that facilities like this do not produce a positive change in the character of their residents as claimed, but instead reinforce negative social identities, especially the residents' powerlessness and subordinate status. Providing treatment mainly for cocaine and heroin abuse, the institution recruits most of its clientele from the criminal justice system and controls them with the threat of returning them to jail. Skoll demonstrates that behind the facility's ethic of caring and openness lurks a fear on the part of the staff that this is a deviant population that must be controlled and that their deviance (their pleasure in taking drugs, for example) may be contagious. He cites specific interactions that force residents to "snitch" on each other over petty misdemeanors in order to perpetuate negative identities such as whore or drug addict. This betrayal by peers further justifies the coercion of residents who resist reform. The drop-out rate from this facility is so high that the "revolving door" has become part of the center's basic structure. Skoll observes that those who remain in the program tolerate its ideology because it is the only one they know. Any attempts to formulate alternative ideologies are simply repressed. Skoll's analysis reveals that this treatment facility aims at thought reform and behavioral control rather than therapy, and he concludes that this approach confirms the addict lifestyle for most of its patients
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1948-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Skoll, Geoffrey R.
Index
no index present
LC call number
HV5825
LC item number
.S54 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
WM 29 AA1
NLM item number
S6w 1992
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Skoll, Geoffrey R
  • Skoll, Geoffrey R
  • Drug addicts
  • Drug abuse counseling
  • Drug abuse counselors
  • Counseling
  • Sociology
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Centers
  • Substance-Related Disorders
  • Drug abuse counseling
  • Drug abuse counselors
  • Drug addicts
  • Toxicomanie
  • Toxicomanes
  • Toxicologues
  • Drogues
  • Drogenberatung
  • Psychische Belastung
  • United States
  • USA
Label
Walk the walk and talk the talk : an ethnography of a drug abuse treatment facility, Geoffrey R. Skoll
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 191-195) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The residents -- The counselors -- The political economy -- The ideology -- Talk the talk
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
ix, 198 pages
Isbn
9780877229179
Lccn
91034771
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)24589722
  • (OCoLC)ocm24589722
Label
Walk the walk and talk the talk : an ethnography of a drug abuse treatment facility, Geoffrey R. Skoll
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 191-195) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The residents -- The counselors -- The political economy -- The ideology -- Talk the talk
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
ix, 198 pages
Isbn
9780877229179
Lccn
91034771
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)24589722
  • (OCoLC)ocm24589722

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