New Book by E. Summerson Carr focuses on Motivational Interviewing and How Cultural Forms Emerge and Spread

By Crown Family School

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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. 

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