Stigma, intentions and states of mind
Keywords:Teoria social, prisões, estado-de-espírito, acção social, estigma
AbstractStudying prisons claim for clarification of notions one work with. Deceit, guilt or intention are used by the criminal system. It works, as well, with stigma and social repugnance. None of these themes are of exclusive use of penal system. Mouzelis’ critique of social theory identifies reductionism and reification as continued problems, for decades. He proposes to build on protagonist action in space-time frames bullying with social levels. This paper uses state of mind as a concept in order to follow author’s insights. It will use prison as a case study. Its inspiration comes from theory of relativity which previewed the plasticity of space-time facing high energies, as the speed of the light. The paper presumes the plasticity of social structures, institutions and reality levels according to the intensity of agents and actions. State of mind are references to existential, vital and institutional stability. Stability is desired and possible, although precarious and in need of renovation.
Authors who publish in this Journal must agree the following terms and conditions:
- Authors retain copyright and grant the Journal the right to first publication, while simultaneously agreeing to a Creative Commons Attribution License, which allows others to share their work on condition that they cite the original author(s) and recognise that the latter’s work was first published in this Journal.
- Authors are authorised to enter into additional contracts separately, for non-exclusive distribution of the version of the work that is published in this Journal (e.g. publication in an institutional repository or as a book chapter), subject to recognition of initial publication in this Journal.