1 Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research, Faculty of Social Sciences, Aarhus University, Aarhus University2 Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences - Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research, Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University3 Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences - Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research, Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University
Løsladtes identitetsproblemer i mødet med den "normale" verdenIdentity Problems of Released Prisoners During Reintegration to the Normal World
The article focus on aspects of identity and social order in relation to the interaction between ‘normals' and ex-prisoners, that is, ex-prisoners, who wants to live a normal life without criminality. It is argued, that this interaction and the normality that the ex-prisoner is granted often, on the surface, can look rather unproblematic, but that it, none the less, is ruled by, what the author calls the conditioned accept. That is, the ex-prisoner should see himself as normal, at the same time that he withdraw from those situations, practices and attitude where the normals would have difficulties in underscoring this normality. This conditioned accept tends to leave the ex-prisoner in an vacuum of signification; he is neither fully normal nor fully deviant. In regard to identity, this vacuum, and the practices that follows, leaves the ex-prisoner badly equipped in his attempt to live up to demands contained in our modern western ideologi of identity; demands as authenticity, coherence, prestige and responsibility.
Nordisk Tidsskrift for Kriminalvidenskab, 1999, Vol 86, Issue 1, p. 44-61