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ERIC Number: EJ890023
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
ISSN: ISSN-0190-2725
Expecting and Accepting: The Temporal Ambiguity of Recovery Identities
Howard, Jenna
Social Psychology Quarterly, v69 n4 p307-324 Dec 2006
This paper has two complementary agendas. One is to develop a formal analysis of temporal ambiguity in self-identification. This refers specifically to having two conflicting orientations toward the future with regard to one's identity (e.g., a temporary expecting orientation and a permanent accepting orientation). I use the recovery identity (e.g., alcoholic, anorexic, agoraphobic) as a temporally ambiguous case because this identity is established as a means to an end but is susceptible to becoming an end in itself through identification with the disorder label. My analysis is based on the recovery narratives of individuals who have disidentified with their disorder labels; this allows for a consideration of the entire recovery career, from entry to exit. My second agenda is to explore the underresearched phenomenology of exiting from recovery identities specifically. Both of these agendas contribute new insight into identity research, labeling theory, and the sociology of mental health. (Contains 2 figures and 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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