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Type of Document Dissertation
Author VanHooser, Sarah Elizabeth
URN etd-06232009-170133
Title Freedom Means
Degree PhD
Department Community Research and Action
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Craig Anne Heflinger Committee Chair
C. Melissa Snarr Committee Member
Joseph Cunningham Committee Member
Mary Beth Shinn Committee Member
Paul R. Dokecki Committee Member
  • freedom
Date of Defense 2009-06-11
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Prostitution, drug addiction, and their surrounding issues have long been topics of political, theoretical, and practical import. Furthermore, they offer a particularly insightful lens through which to interrogate concepts of freedom and justice. This paper is a qualitative ethnographic study that examines the experiences of women previously involved in drug addiction and street prostitution, who are now living and working in a recovery community. In this dissertation, I discuss some of the many material, social, and political conditions that influence women’s freedom. Furthermore, I explore community members’ understandings of the concept of freedom, and the ways in which their freedom is affected by the recovery community of which they are a part.
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