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"I just want to be normal": studying methadone clients' stories

Författare och institution:
Frida Petersson (Institutionen för socialt arbete)
Publicerad i:
ESA RN20, Curiosity & Serendipity - a conference on qualitative methods, 20-21 September 2012, Lund, Sweden,
Konferensbidrag, refereegranskat
Sammanfattning (abstract):
Transforming lived experience of drug dependency, access to and compliance with treatment into a story about rehabilitation and clienthood, is inevitably depending on the specific institutional context in which the storytelling occurs. In this paper I will follow the tradition emerging from C. Wright Mills classical concept of ‘vocabularies of motive’, to show the benefits of using accounts as an additional analytical tool in narrative analysis. From an ongoing PhD study addressing the socially constructed features of clienthood in the context of Swedish methadone maintenance treatment (MMT), three taped and transcribed interviews with one female and two male MMT-clients are singled out for a more detailed analysis. The analysis shows that the clients’ stories contain the same kind of characters, situations and events, but these are attributed different meanings and functions in the three clients’ narratives. The MMT-clinics constitute a narrative environment heavily regulated by the “voice of medicine” and the co-occurring “voice of social rehabilitation”; two master narratives governing not only when and what kinds of stories can be told, but also how stories are told. Nevertheless, the clients are included in other social contexts where they are attributed different identities, which, in turn, influence how they are categorized at the clinics. In addition, the narrators constantly relate to images of the “normal” female/male. In the client interviews three key narratives were identified: “the insulted and mistreated client”, “the happy and submissive client”, “the manipulating, incarcerated client”. These narratives are understood as results from negotiations of the clients' social identities outside and inside the clinics, informed and controlled by the two 'voices' of the MMT-treatment.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Sociologi ->
Socialt arbete
Sociologi ->
narrativ analys, accounts, substitutionsbehandling, klientskap
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2012-10-03 10:46

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