Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Communication

First Advisor

David Boromisza-­‐Habashi

Second Advisor

Karen Tracy

Fourth Advisor

Cindy White

Abstract

The purpose of this M.A. thesis study is to explore how families conceptualize their experiences of engaging with their addicted loved one, and how through narrative, those conceptualizations are brought to life within accounts of turning points. By conducting a Cultural Discourse Analysis of narrative interview, I looked at key symbolic terms used by participants within their talk. I propose three sets of opposing cultural propositions and thus three cultural premises, or taken-for-granted knowledge about conceptions of social reality.

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Communication Commons

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