Date of Award
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Communication Studies and University Honors
Alcoholics Anonymous, Twelve-step programs
While previous research on the 12-step program of Alcoholics Anonymous has covered a wide range of topics, there is a gap which exists in the lack of examination of the 12-step program through the lens of the underlying mechanisms of power. The concepts which most clearly reflect these mechanisms of power are explicated by Michel Foucault and his work. This gap can be best summed up as a lack of comprehensive and exhaustive, textual analysis of multiple texts provided by AA to members of their fellowship. This thesis uses Foucauldian discourse analysis in an exhaustive manner, to examine pieces of AA text in their entirety, to draw connection between the concepts which Foucault sees as communicating power and the language which Alcoholics Anonymous uses to help their members recover.
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Arms, Amanda Joy, "Foucault Concept Communication: An Examination of Alcoholics Anonymous" (2014). University Honors Theses. Paper 169.