Date of Award

12-1-2010

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Speech Communication

First Advisor

Gingrich-Philbrook, Craig

Abstract

Using autoethnography, performance praxis, and narrative theory, this thesis seeks to examine the discourses of the Recovery Industry in relationship to Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACoA). The Recovery Industry creates normalized identity scripts that may be problematic for some people who fall under this diagnosis/category. By using subversive performance praxis, the author hopes to rupture these dominant narratives in hope of creating new possibilities for identity narratives.

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