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Officers and drug counsellors: new occupational identities in Nordic prisons
Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research, Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark. (Det sociala arbetets organisering och villkor (Sovil))
Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research, Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark.
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
A-Clinic Foundation, Finland.
2015 (English)In: British Journal of Criminology, ISSN 0007-0955, E-ISSN 1464-3529, Vol. 55, no 2, 303-320 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Increasingly, prison drug treatment is introduced in European prisons. This increase may begin to change the prison as officers and drug counsellors are given new occupational responsibilities. Based on six month of observational studies and qualitative interviews with 104 prison employees in Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway in 12 prisons, this article investigates the practices and values of drug counsellors and officers. This shows that increasingly, counsellors integrate the control and disciplinary sanctions of the prison environment into their treatment approach. Simultaneously, officers working in drug treatment wings highlight the importance of the treatment ethos in their control work, adjusting the social representations of their professional identities accordingly. We discuss whether the concepts of treatment and control should be rethought.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 55, no 2, 303-320 p.
Keyword [en]
prison drug treatment, occupational identities, control, treatment, Nordic countries
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Sociology
Research subject
Social Work; Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-38657DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azu088ISI: 000351057700006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-38657DiVA: diva2:763703
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Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS) 210305

Available from: 2014-11-17 Created: 2014-11-17 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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