Reform Through Community: Resocializing Offenders in the Kibbutz

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Overview

This book recounts a successful effort to resocialize criminal offenders placed in Kibbutzim. Social scientist Michael Fischer and educational philosopher Brenda Geiger describe the events and experiences that unfolded when a Kibbutz adopted an Israeli ex-convict as a temporary member of its collective. They conclude that resocialization is achievable: that a world of hard work, interdependence, and self-denial can successfully compete against the temptations for adventure and diversion in an offender's past and present.

Fischer and Geiger reconstruct the subjective experiences of the Israeli ex-convicts who were invited to live and work as members on separate Kibbutzim. They detail how a protective environment, daily routines, egalitarianism, peer group support, acceptance, and trust yielded involvement, commitment, and higher self-esteem on the part of the offenders. Relating the kibbutz experience to theories of social psychology and criminology, Fischer and Geiger offer a model for resocialization combining group dynamics with social learning in a context of meaningful work and acceptance. This study is valuable to students and scholars of social psychology, criminology, and Judaic Studies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313279317
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/30/1991
  • Series: The Kibbutz Study Series , #3
  • Pages: 248
  • Lexile: 1090L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

MICHAEL FISCHER and BRENDA GEIGER are Research Fellows at the State University of New York at Albany.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Hans Toch

Introduction

The Israeli Criminal Justice System

Kibbutz History, Ideology, and Social Structure

The Kibbutz Resocialization Program

Methodology

Synopsis of Kibbutz Resocialization Process

Work and Other Activities

Adoptive Parents

Kibbutzniks and Kibbutz Friends

Girlfriends

The Offender's Past

Social Control

Change

The Future

Critical Program Ingredients: Participants' Perspectives

Implications

Epilogue

Appendix A: Kibbutz Resocialization Contract

Appendix B: Offender's Contract

Appendix C: Offender's Interview Guide

Appendix D: Adoptive Parents' Interview Guide

Appendix E: Secretary of the Kibbutz Interview Schedule

Appendix F: Questions for the Program Coordinator and Steering Committee

Bibliography

Index

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