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NCJ Number: 63981 Find in a Library
Title: SOCIAL REHABILITATION AS EMANCIPATION
Journal: BEWAEHRUNGSHILFE  Volume:26  Issue:2  Dated:(1979)  Pages:137-145
Author(s): B PLEMPER
Corporate Author: Deutsche Bewahrungshilfe
Friedrich-Ebert-Strasse 11b
West Germany (Former)
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 9
Format: Article
Language: German
Country: West Germany (Former)
Annotation: AN ALTERNATIVE TO RESOCIALIZATION AS ENFORCED CONFORMITY TO MIDDLE CLASS SOCIAL VALUES IS OUTLINED.
Abstract: ACCORDING TO THE VIEW PRESENTED, CRIMES MUST BE REGARDED BOTH AS INDIVIDUAL ACTS AND AS PROBLEMS WITHIN A SOCIAL CONTEXT. THE CRITICAL FACTOR FOR SOME OFFENDERS IS THEIR POSITION IN THE SOCIAL PRODUCTION PROCESS, I.E., AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PRODUCTION HIERARCHY WHERE A GREAT DEAL OF HATE FOR THE SYSTEM RESULTS. THE LIVES OF SUCH DISADVANTAGED INDIVIDUALS ARE CHARACTERIZED BY VULNERABLE JOBS WITH POOR WORKING CONDITIONS AND A CONSTANT THREAT OF UNEMPLOYMENT, RESTRICTION OF NEEDS, AND INABILITY TO ACT ON REALIZATIONS ABOUT THE SITUATION. CRIME IS AN INDIVIDUAL ANARCHICAL PROTEST REACTION TO SINKING STATUS AND WORSENING CONTRADICTIONS WITHIN THE SYSTEM. GOALS OF INSTITUTIONAL RESOCIALIZATION THROUGH SOCIAL WORK SHOULD INVOLVE GIVING OFFENDERS INSIGHT INTO THE SOCIAL CAUSES FOR THEIR BEHAVIOR, TEACHING THEM TO VIEW THEIR SITUATIONS REALISTICALLY, AND ASSURING THEM OF THEIR CAPABILITIES FOR ACTION AND SATISFACTION OF NEEDS. OFFENDERS MUST LEARN TO RECOGNIZE THE DEMANDS MADE ON THEM BY SOCIETY AS WELL AS THE ACTIONS REQUIRED TO MEET THESE DEMANDS AND TO COORDINATE THE DEMANDS WITH THEIR OWN NEEDS. AN OBSTACLE TO SUCH RESOCIALIZATION MEASURES IS THE OFFICIAL RESISTANCE ENCOUNTERED BY SOCIAL WORKERS WHO TRY TO EMANCIPATE OFFENDERS RATHER THAN TO ADMINISTER EXISTING SOCIAL DISPARITIES SMOOTHLY. NOTES ARE SUPPLIED. --IN GERMAN. (KMD)
Index Term(s): Rehabilitation; Social classes; Social control theory; Social reintegration; Social work; Society-crime relationships
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