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dc.contributor.authorDownton, Zabrina
dc.date.accessioned2022-07-18T16:28:32Z
dc.date.available2022-07-18T16:28:32Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10464/16405
dc.description.abstractThis thesis analyses representations of mothers seeking recovery from drug use in the first season of three serial shows available on Netflix: Mom, AJ and the Queen, and You. Prior to the main analysis of these shows, a literature review was conducted resulting in the opportunity to address a lacuna in the literature related to gender-focused studies looking at recovery from addiction. The shows that were chosen all include at least one character who is a mother and begins the process of recovery. These shows possess striking similarities in their portrayals of an abstinence-based approach to addiction recovery as well as intersecting discourses of addicted women as bad mothers who reproduce deviance through their children. A discursive analysis of Mom, AJ and the Queen, and You seeks to understand which discourses of addiction, drug use, gender, motherhood, and deviance are present in these representations and the messages that are communicated to the viewing public. This thesis illustrates that these representations reproduce dominant, gendered discourses which construct drug using women as deviant women and “bad mothers” who produce “bad children”. These representations further reinforce the dominant abstinence-based recovery discourse that creates a dichotomous understanding of addiction and recovery as active use as the problem and total abstinence as the only solution. Despite the presence of some resistance to these discourses, these shows ultimately reproduce stereotypical, and often harmful, gendered discourses of addiction and recovery.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherBrock Universityen_US
dc.subjectRecoveryen_US
dc.subjectAbstinenceen_US
dc.subjectTelevisionen_US
dc.subjectAddictionen_US
dc.subjectDiscourseen_US
dc.titleRepresenting Recovery: A discourse analysis of the television shows You, AJ and the Queen, and Momen_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesis or Dissertationen_US
dc.degree.nameM.A. Social Justice and Equity Studiesen_US
dc.degree.levelMastersen_US
dc.contributor.departmentSocial Justice and Equity Studies Programen_US
dc.degree.disciplineFaculty of Social Sciencesen_US
refterms.dateFOA2022-07-18T16:28:33Z


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