Straf: Punishment

Cecilie Sofie Ravn , Olivia Krogh Lasborg , Malu Rosing, Amalie Jensen , Alberte Halmø Sørensen & Stephanie Simone Duus

Studenteropgave: Basisprojekt


This paper examines the questions: why and how does humanity punish? Where does the need come from? Is it possible to ignore feelings of justice in punish-related judgements? The paper examines why humanity punish from an evolutionary-, neuro- and sociopsychological perspective. Furthermore, the paper explores the function and expansion of the prison along with the significance of cultural diversity using case studies from the Gold Coast,USA, Brazil and England. With a normative and descriptive approach, the paper examines whether or not feelings of justice can be ignored. Furthermore, the paper will discuss if there is a more efficient way to punish than prison that reduces recidivism and satisfies the feelings of justice. The paper concludes that the moral punishment instinct is innate while the methods of punishment are socially and culturally defined but possible to change, and that the feelings of justice are not necessarily an indicator of what is just.Finally, the paper concludes that there is no clear answer regarding the most efficient alternative punishment method that satisfies the feelings of justice while rehabilitating.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato27 maj 2019


  • Straf
  • høilund
  • ryberg
  • Retsfølelse
  • foucault
  • straffeinstinkt
  • moral