Addictive Culture: Clinical Sociology Perspective

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Journal Title, Volume, Page: 
Bulletin of the Faculty of Arts: Humanities and Social Sciences.Vol 64. Number 2 Cairo University. Egypt
Year of Publication: 
Jawad Fatayer
United Arab Emirates University, Sociology & Psychology Departments, UAE
Current Affiliation: 
Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, Department of Biomedical Sciences, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine
Preferred Abstract (Original): 

The author argues in this work that addiction is not a disease but rather a "Social Natural" resembled in a socially constructed behavior. Addiction is not confined in this work to chemical substance but goes further to addictive objects such as sex,food or gambling. People become addicted through learning, influence and imitating social role models available in their life and provided by the culture. Through culture we learn every thing about the addictive process and and even learn how to make the "high". Culture through numerous socialization agents could promote or caution addictive behavior! A comparison between USA and some Arabic states in norms,beliefs attitude concerning addiction is presented. The author is determined that addictive behavior can be re-learned and over come through cognitive reconstruction of the person's mind, thus leading a healthy life is possible when a change from within the person takes place.

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