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Author Raikhel, Eugene A., 1975- author
Title Governing habits : treating alcoholism in the post-Soviet clinic / Eugene Raikhel
Imprint Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2016
book jacket
 Modern History Library  616.86106 R151    AVAILABLE    30550100645363
Descript xii, 231 pages ; 23 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series Expertise: cultures and technologies of knowledge
Expertise: cultures and technologies of knowledge
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
States of crisis -- Assembling narcology -- Selling sobriety -- Prostheses for the will -- Rehabilitation from abroad
"Critics of narcology--as addiction medicine is called in Russia--decry it as being "backward," hopelessly behind contemporary global medical practices in relation to addiction and substance abuse, and assume that its practitioners lack both professionalism and expertise. On the basis of his research in a range of clinical institutions managing substance abuse in St. Petersburg, Eugene Raikhel increasingly came to understand that these assumptions and critiques obscured more than they revealed. Governing Habits is an ethnography of extraordinary sensitivity and awareness that shows how therapeutic practice and expertise is expressed in the highly specific, yet rapidly transforming milieu of hospitals, clinics, and rehabilitation centers in postSoviet Russia. Rather than interpreting narcology as a Soviet survival or a local clinical world on the wane in the face of globalizing evidence-based medicine, Raikhel examines the transformation of the medical management of alcoholism in Russia over the past twenty years"-- Publisher's Web site
Subject Alcoholics -- Institutional care -- Russia (Federation) -- Saint Petersburg
Alcoholism -- Hospitals -- Russia (Federation) -- Saint Petersburg
Alcoholism -- Treatment -- Russia (Federation) -- Saint Petersburg
Post-communism -- Health aspects -- Russia (Federation) -- Saint Petersburg
Medical anthropology -- Russia (Federation) -- Saint Petersburg
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