Thursday, January 4, 2018

Dislocation theory continued...Small chips

Small brittle "chips" are the preferred condition.  Chips are the material that are removed from the work-piece.
Theories are not useful unless they can be used to develop practices and procedures.  That is, a theory that can only look backwards and explains already-known-phenomena is no more useful than headlights mounted on the back end of a vehicle.  The only time theories have utility is when they can be used to guide us forward.

Dislocation theory
Dislocation theory provided a framework used by cutting tool designers to develop "chip breaker" tools.  Chips that are small are easy to handle (i.e. they can be swept off the floor) and you can put many pounds of them in a recycling container. 

Watch the animated GIF to the end and you will see how the chip becomes a snarled mess.
Chips that are continuous, stringy if you prefer, produce tangled messes.  They also fly off the tool in unpredictable ways.  One tool maker I know received his journeyman's card in Great Britain and he told me about standing next to a man who had a helical chip screw its way into his eyeball.  Stringy chips are "fluffy" and you need many recycling containers to hold them.

Social Sciences
What if prisons focused less on "rehabilitation" and focused more on breaking up associations?  Prison as a chip-breaker tool.

Every bride knows that she can change her husband and that she can control that change.  Every bride is wrong.  The only thing she can change is the environment that her husband swims through.  Same for prisons.  Nearly every "expert" in incarceration believes that they can change what is inside the convict's head.

The proposal is that social dislocation theory be used to make convicts more suspicious of each other than they are of the legal system so their associations are weakened rather than strengthened.

How?

What if "traceable" contraband was leaked into the prison.  Then, a week before a convict is released he is up-graded to a transition "luxury" cell block and is seen hobnobbing with the guards.  Three days after the convict is released, all of the convict's former associates are raided, their loot is confiscated and they are thrown into solitary.

What would the remaining convicts assume?  They would assume that the released convict "snitched".

If done on a regular basis, pretty soon convicts would become EXTREMELY suspicious of each other.  Also, events would prove that the only way to stay healthy after being released would be to become inconspicuous to the criminal element.  Getting tagged as a snitch is not conducive to a long and healthy life.  As a released convict you have no control over events in the prison after you leave but you can make yourself nearly invisible...and that means no theft, no fencing of stolen goods, no buying or selling of drugs.  It just ain't healthy.

Dislocations...Forming Limits

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