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Robert P. Fairbanks

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226234083

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226234113.001.0001

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The Making of AHAD

The Making of AHAD

(p.27) 1 The Making of AHAD
How It Works

Robert P. Fairbanks

University of Chicago Press

Fieldwork was conducted in a Kensington recovery house program referred to as AHAD—an abbreviated reference to the pseudonym “Always Have a Dream”—to explore the internal operations of recovery houses. This chapter explores the making of AHAD by tracking the initial months of operation in Malik's fledgling recovery house. Malik was the self-described owner-director of AHAD. The chapter grounds the utopian visions of recovery entrepreneurs by joining him and his men just as they moved into a previously abandoned row house. It also explores the original partnership and founding members of AHAD, as well as the incessant struggles and forced illegalities associated with recovery house operation. The chapter introduces the players who make the recovery house system work, from the absentee property owner, to the director-manager, the assistant manager, the chore monitor, and the “house watcher.”

Keywords:   recovery houses, AHAD, row houses, property owners, poverty

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