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Cruel Attachments
Author: John Borneman

ISBN: 9780226233918
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 8 March 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 6.0 x 9.0 x 1.5
Description:
Child molesters are widely regarded as the most incorrigible of criminal types, as recidivists who deserve harsh punishment. In Germany today, however, attention has shifted from punishment to court-mandated rehabilitation through therapy. Therapists guide the offender through a process normally assigned to a religious authority?the transformation of the criminal into a person capable of reintegration into society. Cruel Attachments is anthropologist John Borneman's account of the attempt to rehabilitate child sex offenders through therapy. Using select case studies, Borneman follows the experience of offenders from accusation to admission of culpability, through arrest, trial, imprisonment, treatment, release from prison, and either social reincorporation or indefinite surveillance. The book opens with an absorbing and disturbing ethnography of a particularly important (and sensational) case of the rehabilitation of the infamous Berlin sex offender Alexander Marquardt. Marquardt was a child abuser and brutal pimp who underwent rehabilitation therapy during his long imprisonment. During his therapy it was discovered that he had been sexually abused by his mother...

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