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Cruel AttachmentsThe Ritual Rehab of Child Molesters in Germany$
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John Borneman

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226233888

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226234076.001.0001

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Cruel Attachments

John Borneman

University of Chicago Press

This chapter an elaboration of questions that this study raises but was unable to answer in the main chapters. These include descriptions of: a therapy session for juvenile sex offenders; the difficulty for therapists in establishing trust among sex offenders; an incidence of countertransference, when the offenders used the presence of the anthropologist as a reason to avoid participating fully in therapy; failed emotional containment between the anthropologist and psychologist during fieldwork; the process of peer review of the proposal for research; the relation of ethics to disclosure for the anthropologist and for the sex offender; the difference between psychic change as a demand for self transformation and behavioral modification as an adjustment of the person to dominant social norms; parallels between the concept of “culture shock” as experienced by the ethnographer and “psychic change” as demanded of the sex offender; challenges to legal systems intent on a secular ritual rehabilitation without recourse to a nuanced concept of the self; development and significance of the doctrine of “preventive detention” in German courts; the case of a suspended sentence and changes in sentencing procedures; the case of a conflict between the EU and national law regarding distribution of “pornography”; the paradox of child protection.

Keywords:   trust, countertransference, containment, peer review, ethics, disclosure, culture shock, preventive detention, criminal sentencing, European Union

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