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Author Raikhel, Eugene A., 1975- author

Title Governing habits : treating alcoholism in the post-Soviet clinic / Eugene Raikhel
Published Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2016
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 231 pages)
Series Expertise: cultures and technologies of knowledge
Expertise (Ithaca, N.Y.)
Contents States of crisis -- Assembling narcology -- Selling sobriety -- Prostheses for the will -- Rehabilitation from abroad
Summary "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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes In English
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Subject Alcoholics -- Institutional care -- Russia (Federation) -- Saint Petersburg.
Alcoholism -- Hospitals -- Russia (Federation) -- Saint Petersburg.
Alcoholism -- Treatment -- Russia (Federation) -- Saint Petersburg.
Medical anthropology -- Russia (Federation) -- Saint Petersburg.
Post-communism -- Health aspects -- Russia (Federation) -- Saint Petersburg.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 150170706X (electronic bk.)
9781501707063 (electronic bk.)