The Making of AHAD

Robert P. Fairbanks

in How It Works

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780226234083
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226234113 | DOI:
The Making of AHAD

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Fieldwork was conducted in a Kensington recovery house program referred to as AHAD—an abbreviated reference to the pseudonym “Always Have a Dream”—to explore the internal operations of recovery houses. This chapter explores the making of AHAD by tracking the initial months of operation in Malik's fledgling recovery house. Malik was the self-described owner-director of AHAD. The chapter grounds the utopian visions of recovery entrepreneurs by joining him and his men just as they moved into a previously abandoned row house. It also explores the original partnership and founding members of AHAD, as well as the incessant struggles and forced illegalities associated with recovery house operation. The chapter introduces the players who make the recovery house system work, from the absentee property owner, to the director-manager, the assistant manager, the chore monitor, and the “house watcher.”

Keywords: recovery houses; AHAD; row houses; property owners; poverty

Chapter.  16786 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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