Banciu 3/2010

Sociologie Românească, Vol. VIII, no. 3/2010, pp. 71-81.




Agresivitatea în mediul penitenciar ca efect al deculturaţiei

Agresivity in the penitentiary as effect of deculturation

Dan Banciu*


 *Institute of Sociology "Dimitrie Gusti", Romanian Academy of Science


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Abstract: This study highlights the negative effects that imprisonment has on prisoners, required to bear the rigors and restrictions of the institution and to try to adapt to an environment they consider as hostile and unwelcoming. These negative effects include "learning" aggressiveness in the process of interaction and informal communication between detainees, which, in order to survive the imprisonment, resort to aggressive forms of the most serious violence, both against other prison mates and against prison staff. Learning and adopting aggressive behavior in prison environment significantly reduces the chances for the prisoner to reintegrate into normal society after imprisonment.

Keywords: crime, prison, punishment, aggression, penitentiary system, resocialization, deculturation.

Cuvinte-cheie: crimă, închisoare, pedeapsă, agresiune, sistem penitenciar, resocializare, deculturaţie.