Collective disturbance in institutions: a sociological view of crisis and collapse
Therapeutic Communities: The International Journal of Therapeutic Communities
Article publication date: 24 September 2012
This paper aims to explore the precarious existence which therapeutic communities face and the recurring concern about their survival.
Some general factors related to the possible collapse of communities are explored through a comparative study of communes, prisons, mutinies and student protest. Sources of internal disorganisation and external threat are examined and the crucial role of leadership explored.
A typology is suggested in which therapeutic communities exhibit a career of death, from functional failure, through self awareness, to official closure.
The paper provides valuable insight into therapeutic communities.
Manning, N. (2012), "Collective disturbance in institutions: a sociological view of crisis and collapse", Therapeutic Communities: The International Journal of Therapeutic Communities, Vol. 33 No. 2/3, pp. 92-99. https://doi.org/10.1108/09641861211291577
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