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Cruel Attachments: The Ritual Rehab of Child Molesters in Germany

John Borneman


In every culture intimacy between adults and children is subject to regulation, but it is most often only a taboo. In the last half-century in the West such taboos have become explicit objects for legal regulation. In much of the West, however, the focus has shifted from punishment and healing to “rehabilitation” through therapy. In Germany treatment is in fact a legal right and a personal obligation. “Cruel Attachments” is an anthropological account based on ethnographic research in Berlin, Germany, of the attempt to rehabilitate child sex offenders through therapy, often accompanied by short ... More

Keywords: child sex abuse, incest, theory, law, Anthropology, fieldwork, rehabilitation, Germany, therapy, ritual

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226233888
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226234076.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Borneman, author
Princeton University