Characteristics of the "intellectual" in modern society
By: Elizabeth M Young
The new holy grail of intellect seems to be the ability to make sense of things that are far too complex for one field of study. The modern intellectual goes beyond being someone who is well educated in only one area, but is able to...
The role of intensive interaction in cult conversion
By: Elizabeth M Young
Cult conversion is a planned and well orchestrated manipulative process that is externally invoked by those who facilitate the "affiliation" (Stark-Bainbridge, 1987) as established members of a cult. But the bulk of cult affiliation comes from voluntary efforts by the individual who is going through...
By: Elizabeth M Young
The first cities formed when places along the most travelled pathways, trade routes or migration routes had the most desirable features: water supply, defensibility, and access. As civilizations developed, the most powerful leaders were able to accrue the resources and labor required to build more...
Natural disasters and their implications for social change
By: Elizabeth M Young
The magnitude of natural disasters determine the magnitude of the fluctuations in social stasis. In a well developed and relatively wealthy country, well developed disaster response and relief can turn major disasters into relatively minor disruptions in physical loss, leadership capability, and social order. A...
How to recognize the risk of violence in an individual
By: Kevin Keough
Everyone has a vested interest in and ever increasing desire to improve our ability to accurately recognize increased risk of violent behavior in any given individual. While there is a tendency to rely on putative experts to perform such assessments it is important to realize...
By: Elizabeth M Young
There is always a difficulty in dealing with the topic of criminal rehabilitation as a unified topic, because there are just too many causes of criminal behavior. There are far too many areas of human frailty that must be dealt with in our prison population...
Military/civilian social interactions: Civilian work transitions
By: Elizabeth M Young
Recently, the Army advertising campaign included some commercials where the new supervisor condescendingly asks if the newly hired veteran has seen anything as amazing and fascinating as the company's new project. The next scene shows action shot after action shot, with the soldier in charge...
Is inmate rehabilitation succeeding?
By: Terrence Aym
No, and the dirty little secret is that it's not designed to succeed. In fact a recent study of prison population growth since 1960 revealed that if the growth rate curve continues on its current trajectory that the prison population will double by 2025 and...
By: Elizabeth M Young
There are bumper stickers that advertise. There are bumper stickers that tell where we have been. Bumper stickers brag about our honor student children or threaten to beat up our honor student children. They tell jokes, make political statements, encourage us to vote for candidates...
Military social structures after the end of "Don't ask, don't tell"
By: Elizabeth M Young
The logistical, legal, social, and interpersonal tasks that are associated with ending "don't ask, don't tell" are unknown to the vast majority of Americans. The idea of just "ending the program" and allowing gay and lesbian soldiers to serve freely, without the unfair and discriminatory...

 

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