The concept of research of psychology of group legal consciousness of convicts

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Abstract

The article presents the concept of the study of psychology of group legal consciousness of convicts, developed on the basis of the integration of private scientific theory of legal consciousness with modern socio-psychological approaches to the study of psychology of large social groups. Appeal to the methodology of social representation allows to identify and describe the specifics of the content of social representations, which are structural components of the psychology of group legal consciousness of convicts, as well as to analyze their key functions. The use of the subjective approach and the theory of deformation of social relations makes it possible to study the laws of formation and deformation of the psychology of group legal consciousness of convicts. It is concluded that the integration of these approaches makes it possible to study the psychology of group legal consciousness of convicts as a complex socio-psychological phenomenon consisting of a set of mental representations produced and shared by the community in the legal sphere, as well as to identify patterns of formation and deformation of its content.

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Keywords: legal consciousness, psychology of legal consciousness, convicts, theory of social representations, subjective approach.

Journal rubric: Penitentiary Psychology and Penal Practice

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/psylaw.2018080208

For citation: Suchkova E. The concept of research of psychology of group legal consciousness of convicts [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologiya i pravo = Psychology and Law, 2018. Vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 101–112. DOI: 10.17759/psylaw.2018080208. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Elizaveta Suchkova, PhD in Psychology, associate professor, Department of Organization of Psychological Service in Penal System, Vologda Institute of Law and Economics of the Federal Penal Service of Russia, Vologda, Russia, e-mail: elizavetasuchkova@yandex.ru

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