AA and Anti-Anorectic League compared
Prepared by Signe Højen Andersen
- What kind of knowledge is presented in the AA-book (case 1) compared with
that in the case of the anti-anoretic league (case 2)? Universal/global
knowledge vs. local knowledge.
- There is a clear difference in the relationship between the
alcoholic-alcohol (case 1), and the anoretic-anorexia (case 2) in the two
cases. How does that define the premisses and activities of the respective
- The communities such as AA and the anti-anoretic are characterized by an
intimate and carrying relationship among members as opposed to the more
distant traditional relationship between therapist-client. Moreover, the
communities seek to externalize the given problem (alcoholism or anorexia) as
oppose to being a part of the problem as in most institutionalized
therapy-forms. More contrasts can be found. Are the communities merely a
reaction to the institutionalized forms of therapy?