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Red Cottages and Swedish Virtues: Swedish Institutional Drug Treatment as an Ideological Project 1968-1981
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs (SoRAD).
2013 (English)In: Social history of medicine, ISSN 0951-631X, E-ISSN 1477-4666, Vol. 26, no 3, 510-531 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article investigates Swedish drug treatment as an ideological project, from the establishment of the first treatment centres in the late 1960s up until the change in legislation and management in the early 1980s. The empirical basis for the analysis consists mainly of archival materials produced in the application process of aspiring treatment homes. The article compares treatment programmes that were supported by the state in 1968-81 to those which were opposed during the same years. The choice of caregivers tells us a great deal about the underlying ideological positions. The analysis suggests that the endorsed treatment programmes embraced the virtues of a rural romantic setting, democracy and socialism, whereas the opposed treatment programmes were branded as un-Swedish in several ways: shallow, individualistic and profit-seeking.

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2013. Vol. 26, no 3, 510-531 p.
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drug treatment, therapeutic communities, ideology, Sweden, 20th century, Daytop, Narconon, Swedishness
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-93181DOI: 10.1093/shm/hkt033ISI: 000322401900010OAI: diva2:645867


Available from: 2013-09-05 Created: 2013-09-04 Last updated: 2013-09-05Bibliographically approved

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