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Each institution serves a different purpose for both authority figures and the individuals institutionalised With the study of texts such as RAW a novel by Scott Monk Long Walk To Freedom by Nelson Mandela Cry From The Heart-The Chris Edwards story as well as the 60 minutes story The Family by Peter Overton it becomes clear that there is not always a balance between the control institutions exert and the power that belongs to individuals It largely depends on the style of authority figures their aims for those institutionalised as well as their disciplinary methods In these four texts it is seen that the way an individual reacts to their time in an institution will also impact largely on the distribution of power and control In the novel RAW by Scott Monk Sam adopts an authority style that is fair and trusting He respects the power of the individuals to change their own lives Only you can change your life Sam gives the individuals in his care the trust and support they need to gain mature independence The Farm is solely based on trust between Sam and the boys in his care The Farm is all about trust Brett having never quite experienced such sincere trust and respect is shocked at the apparent naivety of the Farm and its lack of security - no bars fences or guards The Farm exerts power through the setting of rules and the consequences for a broken rule You and everybody else here are entitled to privileges if you obey these rulesIf you break these rules youre excluded from these privileges This again emphasises the respect Sam gives the individuals to change their own lives He sets guidelines but ultimately gives the individual the chance to make the right choice Initially Brett doesnt react well to the pressures and expectations of the institution and protests often However this is largely due to his lack of trust and
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