Actual Problems of
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DOI: 10.21202/1993-047X.09.2015.4.261-272

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Authors :
1. Ekaterina D. Slobodenyuk, PhD (Sociology), Senior Lecturer
National Research University "Higher School of Economics", Moscow, Russia

2. Evgeniya D. Volkova, student
National Research University "Higher School of Economics", Moscow, Russia

Forms of cohesion in confinement institutions

Objective: to identify the diversity of cohesion forms in confinement institutions.

Methods: qualitative analyses based on in-depth semi-structured interviews.

Results: the study included adaptation of Western methodologies of the cohesion phenomenon analysis to the Russian reality, and operationalization of the moral bases of group cohesion. This served as the bases for designing a guide for in-depth semi-structured interviews; 10 interviews were conducted with people recently released from general and strict regime colonies. Content analysis of the interviews revealed a number of structural sections that demonstrate the diversity of cohesion forms, alongside with one that is most meaningful to the prisoners and therefore the most well perceived and articulated by respondents. Analysis of the latter allowed to identify a set of groups showing different degree and nature of cohesion. By the degree of cohesion one can identify the poorly cohesive groups ("louts"), moderately cohesive ("reds", "thieves") and highly cohesive ("fighters"). By the nature of cohesion in the prisoners’ community, there are both groups united on the basis of social morality ("reds", "thieves") and groups demonstrating a high degree of cohesion based on the social justice morality ("fighters"). A detailed analysis of the latter group also showed that the cohesion can have both traits of morality, social justice, and features of social order moral.

Scientific novelty: using the socio-psychological theory of the moral motives in determining the bases of cohesion.

Practical significance: the research results can be applied for the development of socio-psychological techniques for the penal system reform.

Keywords :

penitentiary system; penal system; cohesion; structure; prisoners; norms; values; social order morality; social justice morality

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Slobodenyuk E. D., Volkova E. D. Forms of cohesion in confinement institutions // Actual Problems of Economics and Law, 2015, no. 4, pp. 261–272.

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