Guardian article: ‘Secrecy surrounds Texas prisoner transfers in wake of rioting’

This 2015 newspaper article is relevant to the process of societal devaluation and resultant wounding taught in leadership level Social Role Valorization workshops. The key focus of the title and article has to do with distantiation, particularly removing prisoners to unknown locations. However, the entire article bears analysis from an SRV perspective. Marc Tumeinski Tweet

Posted on February 24, 2015 at 9:42 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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UK report: ‘Confidential Inquiry into premature deaths of people with learning disabilities’

One of the wounding experiences which can result from social and societal devaluation is that of deathmaking, a term coined by Dr. Wolfensberger to describe actions that hasten the death of societally devalued people (cf. Wolfensberger, SRV monograph, 2013 , pp. 35-36, 41; and The New Genocide of Handicapped and Afflicted People). A 5 April […]

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book review: ‘No Place to Call Home: Inside the Real Lives of Gypsies and Travellers’

One of the points made in the explanation of societal devaluation, in the SRV monograph authored by Wolfensberger (e.g., page 40 in the 4th expanded edition) and in SRV leadership level workshops, is that societal devaluation (negative perception followed by negative treatment) of a group can become multi-generational. This 2013 book entitled ‘No Place to […]

just arrived: vol 2 no 1 of the Journal of the Christian Institute on Disability

I have mentioned Dr. Jeff McNair of CalBaptist University in past posts (here and here). Jeff is the senior editor of the Journal of the Christian Institute on Disability (check this post about an article that we wrote together for that journal). Jeff has sponsored a 4 day leadership SRV workshop in California, and often mentions […]

Physiological reactions to the wounds of rejection, distantiation

This essay from the NY Times Sunday Review describes a study which pointed out one of the involuntary physiological reactions we have to being rejected, excluded, cast into societally devalued roles (such as ‘other’): namely, a drop in body temperature in our extremities (such as our fingertips). This study underscores the reality and depth of […]

welcome to Millersville University students!

I’d like to extend a warm welcome to our newest readers from Millersville University, those students taking either Applied Foundations in Contemporary Special Education (undergraduate SPED237) or Psychology of Students with Disabilities (graduate SPED601). Some of you have already commented on posts and I look forward to reading more comments as the semester progresses. Welcome! […]

Posted on February 1, 2012 at 1:27 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Deportation of the Roma from France

In SRV workshops, we begin by teaching about the most common wounds of societally devalued people. One of the most common forms of wounding is rejection. We talk about rejection as a hinge wound, in that it likely opens the door to other wounds. One of the wounds that rejection can result in is that […]

Posted on August 24, 2010 at 11:18 am by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Joblessness (loss of the valued social role of worker)

Atlantic magazine in March 2010 ran an article entitled ‘How a new jobless era will transform America.’ It struck me when reading it how much the article was about the loss of (or about the ‘never having had’ in the first place) the valued role of worker. SRV encourages us to think about working on […]

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 10:47 am by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Social devaluation spanning the centuries

We know that societal devaluation of a particular group of people can span the centuries. A recent book review in the NY Times Book Review (14 Feb 2010) looked at a book entitled The Devil and Mr. Casement by Jordan Goodman. The book describes the rubber trade and the native peoples in the Congo in […]

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 2:43 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Youth prison

In the PASSING manual, Dr. Wolfensberger and Susan Thomas write that one of the few human service practices that does not have a culturally valued analog (CVA) is a prison (p. 31). A recent article in the NY Times (14 February 2010) describes the prison system for youth in New York. The article is a […]

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