Culture And Cultural Addiction

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“The various disciplines that make up the arts and sciences are the cultural frames in terms of which attitudes are formed and lives conducted. The interpretive study of culture represents an attempt to come to terms with the diversity of the ways human beings construct their lives in the act of leading them.”
-Clifford Geertz, Local Knowledge.

Culture plays an intricate part in how people develop their attitudes towards society, and the ways in which they decide to live their lives. Clifford Geertz wrote, “Man is an animal suspended in webs of significance he himself has spun.” (1983). In consideration of this quote many people have spun webs of addiction to alcohol and drugs which can be related to their perception of culture. I believe
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The rethinking of contemporary adulthood leading to social change among people who are influenced by their addictions would be a foundation for the framework of my research. Given this framework I will to gain strategies to assist me when making critical inquiries regarding an adult’s cultural experience as it relates to addiction. Essentially, people are a culmination of their cultural experiences in society. As a result they can be influenced both positively and negatively. By taking the approach that addiction can be caused by a cultural and environmental effect, it could be examined for the narrative self which was shaped by society (Van Wormer & Davis, 208). (do you mean 2008? Or pg…show more content…
This same culture also advertizes alcohol as fun and pleasurable through movies and commercials. This kind of culture clash between the negative effects of addiction, and the implied positive effects of alcohol through marketing, can cause both adolescents and adults to misinterpret society’s stance on addiction. It is no wonder that our society has behavioral problems with young adults when the culture that we live in sends mixed messages about its stance on addiction (Zastrow, 2010). To study this effect on our culture we need to look at all approaches to the problem.
The topic of alcohol and drug addiction in our society needs to be addressed on a daily basis. Addiction and recovery counselors are on the front lines of this issue and need to have a wider viewpoint of cultural causes. I seek a Masters in Liberal Studies to give myself an open perspective concerning all approaches. Cultural influence should be of concern to properly address the steadily increasing problem in our society. By knowing what strongly influences the culture of alcohol and drug addiction we can influence the recovery and improvement of people’s
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