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Religion and addiction treatment – the example of Cenacolo Community


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Trbojević, Filip. (2017). Religion and addiction treatment – the example of Cenacolo Community. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology. [mentor Belaj, Marijana].

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In the recent years the relationship between religion and health has been a subject of interest to various scientific disciplines. Noticing that in the context of contemporary sociocultural processes the phenomenon of religion more and more often goes beyond the rigid institutional framework, and, as such, penetrates into various secular issues and challenges, in this paper I used the example of Cenacolo Community – a community which helps young people and bases its program on faith – to present the issue of addiction treatment in a religious context and deepen the knowledge about forms of helping addicts that go beyond the rigid framework of biomedicine. Using the method of ethnographic research and discourse analysis as well as a semi-structured problem-oriented interview and participant observation, I ascertained the similarities between the rehabilitation/resocialization programs of Cenacolo Community and the programs of conventional therapeutic communities for addiction treatment, articulated the religious aspect of addiction treatment and determined the importance of the relationship between the latter and work and group conversations – the practices on which the Community bases its rehabilitation/resocialization program. Moreover, I ascertained the determinants of the rehabilitation/resocialization program of Cenacolo Community, explored former Community members’ experiences related to their processes of resocialization and reintegration into the social and working environment, and analyzed the discourse which the Community uses to present its rehabilitation/resocialization program to the general public.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: addiction treatment, Cenacolo Community, religion, resocialization, therapeutic communities
Subjects: Ethnology and cultural anthropology
Departments: Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology
Supervisor: Belaj, Marijana
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2018 13:09
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2018 11:05

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