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NCJ Number: 69036 Find in a Library
Title: MASK OF LOVE - CORRECTIONS IN AMERICA - TOWARD A MUTUAL AID ALTERNATIVE
Author(s): D SULLIVAN
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 185
Sponsoring Agency: Kennikat Press
Port Washington, NY 11050
Sale Source: Kennikat Press
90 South Bayles Avenue
Port Washington, NY 11050
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: CORRECTIONS AS CURRENTLY PRACTICED ARE VIEWED DEROGATORILY AS COUNTERPRODUCTIVE TO PERSONAL AND SOCIAL UNITY, AS REFLECTIONS OF A MATERIALISTIC SOCIETY.
Abstract: CORRECTIONS IS REGARDED AS A MASK OF LOVE, AN INSTITUTIONAL CONCEALMENT OF OUR TRUE SELVES AND RESOURCES WHICH PREVENTS OUR LIVING PEACEFULLY WITH ONE ANOTHER. TO UNDERSTAND THE NATURE OF CORRECTIONS, AN ANALYSIS OF ECONOMICS, POWER, SOCIAL STRATIFICATION, STATECRAFT, THE CONSTRUCTION OF MEANING, AND THE PROFESSIONAL CONTROL OF HUMAN NEEDS IS JUDGED NECESSARY. THE DICHOTOMY BETWEEN PRIVATE AND PUBLIC EXISTENCE, BETWEEN THEORY AND COMMUNITIES WITH SOCIAL UNITY. TRADITIONALLY, THE DILEMMA HAS BEEN RESOLVED BY CONSTRUCTING SOCIAL FORMS INTO WHICH PEOPLE ARE FITTED, WITH FORCE IF NECESSARY. THE LIFESTYLE OF CAPITALISM IS DEFINED AS OWNING AND POSSESSING, A STATE IN WHICH PEOPLE ARE VIEWED AS MEANS TO ENDS, ONE WHICH IS DOMINATED BY THE PURSUIT OF POWER. MUTUAL AID IS PROPOSED AS AN ANTIDOTE TO THE GROWING PRISON STATE. HIERARCHICAL, POWER-BASED ORGANIZATIONS ARE DEPLORED BECAUSE THEY CANNOT ALLOW FOR DIVERSITY, FOR INTERDEPENDENCE, OR FOR COMPLEXITY. BUT MUTUAL AID IN SOCIAL RELATIONS BASED ON DIRECT ACTION, HOSPITALITY, AND FREE AGREEMENT, AND A NEEDS-BASED ECONOMY. A FREE SOCIETY IS VIEWED AS ONE IN WHICH MUTUAL RELATIONS ARE REGULATED BY MUTUAL AGREEMENTS BETWEEN THE MEMBERS OF THE SOCIETY AND BY A SUM OF SOCIAL CUSTOMS AND HABITS--NOT BY LAW, ROUTINE, OR SUPERSTITION. APPROXIMATELY 150 REFERENCES ARE PROVIDED.
Index Term(s): Corrections effectiveness; Criminology; Failure factors; Radical criminology; Rehabilitation
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