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Institutional Encounters: Identification and Anonymity in Russian Addiction Treatment (and Ethnography)

Eugene Raikhel

in Being There

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780520257757
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943438 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520257757.003.0008
Institutional Encounters: Identification and Anonymity in Russian Addiction Treatment (and Ethnography)

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This chapter compares typical experiences and practices of identification and anonymity in the state-run Addiction Hospital and the House of Recovery. “Identification” can refer both to the determination or recognition of “what a thing or a person is” and to “the becoming or making oneself one with another, in feeling, interest, or action.” This chapter focuses on both meanings and their relationship with one another. It begins with the Addiction Hospital, describing the institution and then shifts to the House of Recovery. In each case, it examines how the possibilities for self-identification were opened up or foreclosed by ascriptions of identity made by interlocutors, and how such opening up or foreclosure in turn shaped the mutual potential for identification with one another. Finally, it concludes with a brief consideration of identification and anonymity within ethnographic practices.

Keywords: identification; anonymity; Addiction Hospital; House of Recovery; ethnographic practices

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Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology

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