NY Times: ‘Italian cuisine worth going to prison for’

This NY Times article describes InGalera, a restaurant located “inside the Bollate penitentiary, a medium-security prison with 1,100 inmates on the outskirts of Milan. The waiters, dishwashers and cooks have been convicted of homicide, armed robbery, drug trafficking and other crimes.” According to the article, “ ‘The main problem has been that they do little […]

blog post: ‘Is community integration understood by those charged with facilitating it?’

Dr. Jeff McNair from CalBaptist posted on his blog recently on the following question: Is community integration understood by those charged with facilitating it? Jeff is familiar with SRV and has sponsored an SRV workshop in California. See some previous posts on our blog here. His incisive post is worth reading and considering, particularly in […]

NY Times article: ‘Rikers to Ban Isolation for Inmates 21 and Younger’

This NY Times article would be interesting to read, analyze and discuss from an SRV perspective (e.g., in an SRV study group, university class, etc.). Some angles for analysis and discussion might include: • segregation and congregation of prisoners • lack of culturally valued analogues for prison • interpersonal identification (or lack thereof) between guards […]

role theory on the ‘everyday sociology’ blog

I just read an entry on the ‘Everyday Sociology’ blog sponsored by Norton Publishing. The entry is about role theory, and touches on: expectations, social status and behaviors. I like the idea of trying to blog about this (and other) sociological concepts in a simple way that invites readers to think about a particular concept. […]

article: ‘Retirees opting for all-ages housing communities’

The article ‘Retirees opting for all-ages housing communities‘ (and this 2010 article as well) could be the basis for an interesting exercise for a study group, university or college class, staff training, etc. Such an exercise from a Social Role Valorization (SRV) perspective might profitably include a discussion of the contemporary heightened vulnerability of elders […]

NY Times article: ‘Designing for calm’

The NY Times Sunday Review piece from 13 January 2013 entitled ‘Designing for calm’ touches on a number of SRV and PASSING relevant points, and might be seen as a nice counterpoint to an earlier blog post linked to an article entitled ‘Architecture of insanity.’ The writer points out links between the nature of many […]

‘Not In My Backyard’ (NIMBY)

Thanks to Margaret Boyes and John Armstrong for sharing the following news article with me, concerning the proposed opening in a suburban neighborhood of a group residence for adults with addiction. In my reading, the article briefly raises several Social Role Valorization-relevant points: • the wounds of rejection and distantiation; regardless of whether you agree […]

article ‘New model of food pantry helps people maintain their dignity’

This January 2012 newspaper article highlighted, among other issues, efforts by a local food pantry to enhance both image and competency of people using the pantry: ‘The new location allows it to be set up like a grocery store to give people a sense of dignity … Where before volunteers pre-bagged food and handed it to […]

Social Role Valorization theme: model coherency (post #2 in a series)

This is the second in a series of posts concerning the Social Role Valorization theme of relevance, potency, and model coherency of measures and services (see the SRV monograph by Wolfensberger, 1998, 3rd. rev. ed. published in 2004, pp. 111-118). I briefly mentioned in the first post that Wolfensberger had described relevance, potency and model […]

Social Role Valorization theme: model coherency (post #1 in a series)

This is the first in a series of posts concerning the Social Role Valorization theme of relevance, potency, and model coherency of measures and services (see the SRV monograph by Wolfensberger, 1998, 3rd. rev. ed. published in 2004, pp. 111-118). Model coherency in my opinion is one of the most elegant and powerful of the […]