"Jag är bättre än så": En studie om hur stimatisering- och stämplingsprocesser kan påverka föredetta kriminella mäns anpassningsmöjligheter i samhället.
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
The aim of this study is to look into how ex-offenders experience that stigmatization and labeling- processes might affect their possibilities to create an integrated and adapted life in society. It is also of interest to study how and if the interviewees experience their self-image to be affected by these processes. Our research-questions are:
- How do ex-offender males experience stigmatization and labeling-processes to impact their possibilities when trying to re-integrate into society?
- Do ex-offender males experience their self-image being affected by stigmatization and labeling-processes? If so, how are they affected?
In order to achieve this we interviewed members of the organization KRIS in Örebro, where we selected males over 23 years of age with a prior prison sentence. The study is based on the labeling-theory of Howard Becker as well as the stigma-theory by Erving Goffman.
In the conclusions derived from the results we found that the interviewees experience a more distinct and obvious stigmatization and labeling from authorities such as the police and the legal system, than that from other people in society. That type of stigmatization will also prove to be the most significant barrier to their potentials of prospering and adapting to a new life in society. The study also shows that labeling and stigmatization-processes have no direct impact on their self-image. Instead it is more so from the self-labeling which has derived from a sense of shame and guilt over their past life.
Keywords: Labelling, stigma, deviance, self-image
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 31 p.
Örebro Studies in Sociology, ISSN 1650-2531
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-25812ISRN: ORU-HUS/SOC-GK-2012/0027--SEArchive number: ORU-HUS/SOC-GK-2012/0027--SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-25812DiVA: diva2:551906
Subject / course
, Örebro universitet, Örebro (Swedish)
UppsokSocial and Behavioural Science, Law
Alsarve, Jenny, Postdoktor
Lind, Martin, Universitets lektor