New Book by E. Summerson Carr focuses on Motivational Interviewing and How Cultural Forms Emerge and Spread
By Crown Family School
E. Summerson Carr's new book, Working the Difference, focuses on the training and dissemination of Motivational Interviewing (MI) to explore how cultural forms-- and particularly forms of expertise-- emerge and spread.
The result is a compelling analysis of the American preoccupations at MI's core, from democratic autonomy and freedom of speech to Protestant ethics and American pragmatism.
Carr explores the history of MI which is a professional practice, a behavior therapy, and self self-professed conversation style that encourages clients to talk themselves into change. MI quickly spread into a variety of professional fields including corrections, medicine, and sanitation after originally being developed to treat alcoholics.