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Epistemic struggles in addiction therapeutic community meetings

Pino, Marco

Authors

Marco Pino marco.pino75@gmail.com



Contributors

Andrzej Zuczkowski
Editor

Ramona Bongelli
Editor

Ilaria Riccioni
Editor

Carla Canestrari
Editor

Abstract

In this study I analyse Therapeutic Community (TC) group meetings for persons with drug addiction problems. Using the method of Conversation Analysis, I specifically focus on practices of knowledge management and sharing between the educators and clients of a TC in Italy. As part of their institutional remit, the educators encourage the clients to report information on their activities and to disclose aspects of their inner experience. This can lead to epistemic struggles, in which the clients resist providing information and the educators seek to overcome such resistance by making claims of pre-existing knowledge about the clients’ experience. After describing the design and sequential positioning of such claims, I argue that their use is functional to manage one of the dilemmas that characterise the educators’ professional practice.

Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Issue 25
Series Title Dialogue studies
Book Title Communicating certainty and uncertainty in medical, supportive and scientific contexts
ISBN 9789027210425
APA6 Citation Pino, M. (2014). Epistemic struggles in addiction therapeutic community meetings. In R. Bongelli, A. Zuczkowski, I. Riccioni, & C. Canestrari (Eds.), Communicating certainty and uncertainty in medical, supportive and scientific contextsJohn Benjamins. doi:10.1075/ds.25.10pin
DOI https://doi.org/10.1075/ds.25.10pin
Keywords Conversation analysis, Epistemics, Knowledge management, Substance abuse treatment centers, Therapeutic community
Publisher URL https://benjamins.com/#catalog/books/ds.25.10pin/details
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information Copyright John Benjamins. The publisher should be contacted for permission to re-use or reprint the material in anyy form.

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