ERIC Number: ED307181
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
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Dynamics and Diversity: Exploring Implications for Accountability in Crime, Drugs, Public and Social Policy.
Jones, Kelsey A.
Economic, legal, and socialization structures have emerged in response to the demands of the U.S. economic system and those whose job it is to protect and promote the interests of the current dominating classes and structures in our society. These structures contribute to the socially dysfunctional behavior of groups who are inadequately prepared for the competitive struggle for economic and cultural survival. This contributes to a lack of self-esteem and helps to propagate an underclass in U.S. society. The inclusion of blacks in the dominant structures may make a small qualitative difference in the system, but will not make a qualitative difference in terms of the functioning of that dominant system. Such measures as a "Career Criminal Squad" or a "Repeat Offenders Court" will not induce the criminals to alter their sense of self-worth or provide motivation for change. Unless the United States develops resocializaton processes and identifies individual support factors that operate within the family unit and the educational process, the emerging underclass will become institutionalized in U.S. society. (PPB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the National Roundtable of Black Scholars, Educators and Professionals in the Administration of Justice.