Prisoners` Social Representations of Justice and Just World

By Margarita Mihailova, Aleksejs Ruza and Iveta Ruza.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The study of psychological features of offenders and prisoners has interdisciplinary nature; however, there are still disagreement in issues that concern the view on the prevention of recidivism and successful prisoners` re-socialization. This problem is particularly topical in Latvia as, according to statistical data, Latvia has one of the highest crime and recidivism indicator among EU countries. The choice of law-obedient or criminal behaviour is determined by several factors, though one of the most important is the level of individual`s moral and legal cognition. In turn, representations of justice and the belief in a just world are constituent parts of moral and legal cognition that largely determine the choice of socially accepted social norms in everyday life.
The aim of this research is to study social representations of justice and just world of prisoners (N=100) and law-obedient citizens (N=600) of Latvia on the basis of S. Moscovici theory of social representations by developing three factor model of social representation of justice that includes justice of legal, moral and interpersonal relations.

Keywords: Prisoners`, Justice, Just World, Social Representations

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 6, pp.193-206. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 822.661KB).

Margarita Mihailova

Researcher and PhD Student, Institute of Social Research, Daugavpils University, Daugavpils, Latvia

Margarita Mihailova is a PhD. student of Department of Social Psychology in Daugavpils University and researcher and the head-statistician in Social research institute. Her research interests are connected with social juridical psychology and criminal psychology, as well as with researches on justice and the belief in a just world.

Dr. Aleksejs Ruza

Head of Social Psychology Department,, Department of Social Psychology, Faculty of Social Science, Daugavpils University, Daugavpils, Latvia

Education background: B.A., M.Sc. Daugavpils University; PhD. Latvian University; Scientific interests: social cognition, interpersonal relations, social representations. Work experience: docent (Daugavpils University), head of the department of social psychology. Academic experience: courses in methodology of the research and social psychology for undergraduate, postgraduate, and PhD. students. Research interests: Social Representations of EU countries among the Latvian inhabitants; Attitudes of Latvian work migrants towards work conditions in Latvia and abroad. Participated in several scientific projects financed by Latvian Ministry of Education and Latvian Academy of Science.

Dr. Iveta Ruza

PhD Student and Researcher, Faculty of Social Sciences, Social Psychology Department, Daugavpils University, Daugavpils, Latvia

Education background: Latvian University B.A., M.Sc., PhD. studies at Daugavpils University (Latvia). Scientific interests: Social and cognitive psychology, psychology of interpersonal relations, family psychology. Work experince: lecturer (Department of Social Psychology); researcher (Institute of Social Research) at Daugavpils University. Participated in research projects financed by Latvian Ministry of Education and Latvian Academy of Science: “Socialization of Latvian Young people and their journey through life”.

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