Society Makes Us Human

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“Society Makes Us Human” Lindsey Brown SOC 210 March 23, 2013 Case #1: The “Genie” Case The Situation In November of 1970, a young thirteen year old girl was discovered by a social worker in Los Angeles, California after her mother actually called and requested services. After some investigation it was uncovered that her parents and her brother had ignored the young girl (dubbed “Genie” to protect her identity) for most her life. Her father beat her when she made a noise, and only acknowledged her to bark or growl at her. “Genie” spent most of her life strapped to a potty-chair, barely able to move her feet and hands. Length of Confinement “Genie” spent all thirteen years of her life being physically, verbally, and mentally abused. Although she was taken care of and made progress during the time of the intervention, after four years of progress and studies, the hospital treating her lost funding and she was returned to her birth mother who felt it was too hard to take care of her. “Genie” was placed into foster and bounced around for years, where she was abused further and ultimately ended up in an adult foster care program in California. Agents of Socialization The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) funded the research and care for “Genie” at UCLA. A team of psychologists and teachers helped care for her and worked on emerging her into society. Her team included numerous psychologists, a graduate student named Susan Curtiss, linguist EricLenneberg, and one specific teacher named Jean Butler. Ms Butler had at one point taken “Genie” into her home and become so protective of her, others were afraid she was trying to gain fame from the poor young girls situation and eventually removed her from Ms Butler's home and placed her with one of the psychologists on her team, David Rigler. She remained with Rigler until the NIMH
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