Eugene Raikhel. Governing Habits: Treating Alcoholism in the Post-Soviet Clinic. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2016

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Benjamin Goldschmidt


Patterns of alcohol consumption and alcoholism treatment in post-Soviet countries in the critical years after the collapse of the Soviet Union have generated heightened interest in Western medical literature. During the 1990s a team of British and Russian addiction researchers conducted studies on the topic (Fleming, Meyroyan, and Klimova 1994; Fleming 1996; Fleming, Bradbeer, and Green 2001), reflected also in the present study, and the issue continues to be discussed both within and outside Russia (Zaridze et al. 2014; Penina 2018; Tuchina et al. 2018). Whereas these studies treat alcoholism mostly under the auspices of epidemiology or public health, Eugene Raikhel’s interest and research design are clearly anthropological. In this regard, his study is more in the vein of Michele Rivkin-Fish (2003, 2005, 2017), Tomas Matza (2012, 2018), or Michelle Parsons (2014).

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DOI: 10.25285/2078-1938-2018-10-3-127-131


Alcoholism, Post-Soviet Russia, Medical Anthropology, Psychiatric Clinic, Qualitative Research

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