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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Negotiating boundaries: The experience of the gay male alcoholics anonymous member
by Christian, Carrie-Anne Diane, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2016, 98; 10144822
Abstract (Summary)

This qualitative field study discusses the transformation of beliefs and values of gay men in an Alcoholics Anonymous recovery program. It describes how this transformation process shapes these gay men’s behaviors in social settings outside of the group therapy program. This study contributes to the body of knowledge, in the fields of anthropology, sociology, and psychology, on alcoholism in the gay community. The findings of this study indicate that acculturation into the Alcoholics Anonymous group transforms interpersonal identity: affecting peer relations, social, and kinship networks. This study also focuses on how peer relations, social, and kinship networks influence where these men go to socialize. Research findings indicate the need for further study of gay Alcoholics Anonymous members’ social behavior patterns and can be used as a foundation for the development of more social venues that focus on activities for gay men in sobriety.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Loewe, Ron
Commitee: Scott, George, Wilson, R. Scott
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, LGBTQ studies
Keywords: Alcoholics, Alcoholics anonymous, Gay men, Identity transformation, Social networks, Social patterns
Publication Number: 10144822
ISBN: 978-1-369-00402-1
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