Fængslet - En barriere for resocialisering?

Maria Cæcilie Adamsen, Sidsel Ørhøj, Sophie Strandgaard, Marc Espersen & Anders Gottschalck-Andersen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The basis of this project regards the issue of relapse of criminals in Denmark. The project will focus on the individual barriers for a successful relapse that imprisonment can erect. To examine the consequences of the stay, Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of fields and Erving Goffman’s theory of institutions will be used to understand the prison as a social space. Further on in the analysis, the present culture of this space will be analysed, regarding what helps to uphold the culture. In this context we will shed light upon an unofficial hierarchy of control among the inmates, which is run parallel to the official rules. The project furthermore examines how the prison culture and the institutional frames affect the inmates’ identity. To this end Anja Leavens’ concepts of characterizing a prison identity will be used. In addition to this, we will draw on Donald Clemmer’s concept of prisonization and Goffman’s concept of disculturation in a contemporary Danish context, to explain how resocialisation becomes hindered for former prisoners. Through our theoretical framework our analysis leads to a discussion of how treatment as a part of the sentence, additional opportunities to sanction, and more contact with the discharged criminal, could help prevent the identified problems.

UddannelserSocialvidenskab, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato26 maj 2013
VejledereTorben Bech Dyrberg


  • Resocialisering
  • Bourdieu
  • Goffman
  • Prisonisering
  • Fængselskultur
  • Fængselsidentitet