Statecraft/Self-Craft: Policy Transfer in the Recovery House Movement

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:
Statecraft/Self-Craft: Policy Transfer in the Recovery House Movement

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This chapter analyzes how recovery houses have become integrated with formal state systems in post-industrial Philadelphia. It explores the relationship between recovery houses, Philadelphia's Coordinating Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs, and the formal treatment sector. The chapter then explores the criminal justice system's encroachment into recovery house networks through the Forensic Intensive Recovery (FIR) program and the Treatment Court system. Ultimately, it exposes the sophisticated networks of policy transfer operating between informal recovery houses and legitimate state systems. Taken together, the chapter sketches a new form of poverty management system, whereby citizenship is not so much widely experienced through direct encounters with the state as it is through an informal, elaborate network of surveillance and emancipation in the recovery house.

Keywords: recovery houses; Philadelphia; formal state systems; criminal justice; policy transfer; poverty management

Chapter.  12191 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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