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Participatory Community Inquiry in the Opioid Epidemic
A New Approach for Communities in Crisis

ISBN 9781032152332
Published October 21, 2021 by Routledge
118 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book explores a research project focused on finding a community-level response to the opioid epidemic. Grounded in communication ethics, appreciative inquiry, and action research, this book contends that the opioid epidemic in the United States is as much a social disease as it is a pharmaceutical one, arising from a lack of social connection and the “communal literacy” Americans need to deal with the challenges they face together.

Asking how Americans can rediscover their social connection to rebuild vibrant, sustainable communities, the author proposes and tests an approach called Participatory Community Inquiry (PCI), which helps groups acknowledge the social goods that unite them, design practices that protect and promote those goods, and undertake actions that can support their common lives.

Shaping the conversation on how Americans may rediscover and rebuild the community they have lost, this book will be a key resource for researchers, practitioners, and students in communication studies, sociology, and action research interested in social ethics and community development and organizing.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Rediscovering Each Other in a Time of Crisis;  1. Opioid Use Disorder: A Social Fabric Come Undone;  2. The Challenge of Communal Literacy;  3. Framing Participatory Community Inquiry (PCI);  4. Study Methodology;  5. Results;  6. Discussion, Limitations, and Recommendations for Practice;  Conclusion: Becoming the Great Community

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Craig T. Maier is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies at Duquesne University, USA.