Total institutions and the last human freedom

Hardie-Bick, James (2011) Total institutions and the last human freedom. In: BSA Annual Conference 2011 - 60 Years of Sociology, 6-8 April 2011, London School of Economics, UK.

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Drawing on criminological research together with the personal accounts of writers such as Victor Frankl and Bruno Bettelheim, this contribution explores how individuals have reacted and adapted to extreme situations and examines the psychological survival strategies individuals have used to protect their sense of self. The aim is to consider Sartre's notion on 'ontological freedom' in relation to these accounts in order to critically assess an existential understanding of how, despite such trying circumstances, the self still has the potential to choose, adapt, interpret and give meaning to their lives. This chapter will further suggest that Beauvoir's neglected concept of 'moral freedom' can add another dimension to Sartre's notion of ontological freedom and has the potential to provide a deeper understanding of human subjectivity.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Research Centres and Groups: Crime Research Centre
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV6001 Criminology
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Depositing User: James Hardie-Bick
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2018 11:08
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2018 11:08
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