Social Acceptance of Ex-Convicts and Finding Meaning in Their Life

8983 Words Oct 18th, 2012 36 Pages
CHAPTER I
THE PROBLEM AND ITS BACKGROUND

The hardest aspect of the prison system is the stigmatization that comes after release. This stigmatization against minorities makes re-integration back into society very difficult, especially in the labor market. Large populations of convicts are men and this has a negative effect on the stability of families.

Social stigma is one of the common problems which ex-convicts are facing today. This is one of the reasons why they cannot change themselves for the better because of the labels being imposed to them. In other words, social stigma imposed to the ex-convicts hinders their willingness to change for the better because of the bad impression to them and other people thinks
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Therefore, Social Acceptance is appreciated when one is welcomed by one’s fellow for what he in or what he believes in. However, Baumester and Bushman (2008) suggested that social exclusion is considered to be the opposite of acceptance. It is a concept that refers to the process in which individuals are being prevented by others from forming or keeping a social bond with them. If an individual experiences such dilemma, then, he is socially excluded.

According to Frankl (1946) “Man’s will to meaning can also be frustrated, in which case the logotherapy speaks of ‘existential frustration’. The term ‘existential’ may be used in three ways: to refer to (1) existence itself i.e., the specific human mode of being; (2) the meaning of existence and (3) the striving to find a concrete meaning in personal existence, that is to say, the will to meaning” (p.123). However, in this study, the researchers will only consider the following: (2) the meaning of existence and (3) the striving to find a concrete meaning in personal existence or the will to meaning.

Frankl quoted that (as cited in Lavelle, 1961, p.205) “Man does not simply exist but always decides what his existence will be, what he will become in the next moment”. In other words, all of us have their own distinct mission in life that
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