The Italian prison organization has been undergoing several modifications aiming at increasing the inmates’ as well as the professionals’ well-being. In particular, the Penitentiary Administration Department’s decision of replacing former penitentiary educators with juridical-educational professionals (circular letter 0438879-2010) repre- Monica Accordini, Emanuela Saita, Martina Tramontano 255 www.narrareigruppi.it – Etnografia dell’interazione quotidiana. Prospettive cliniche e sociali, vol. 10, n° 3, dicembre 2015 sented an extremely relevant change. Such modifications also led professionals working in prison to restructure their concept of professional identity. The present study makes use of focus groups interviews and the Symbolic Drawing of the Organizational Life Space (SDOLS) in order to investigate the professional identity representations as well as the concept of change in a group of 10 juridical-educational professionals working in two correctional facilities in Lombardy. Focus group transcripts were analyzed using the software T-LAB while a phenomenological analysis was carried out on the SDOLSs. Our findings show that such representations are based on practices and scripts that are only shared and socialized at a local level, that is within the organization professionals work in; on the contrary, specific values connected to their professional role appear to be less relevant. Hence, a difference between the two correctional facilities considered can be observed: although they both serve their mission, one can find a 'total institution', characterized by a lack of openness towards the outside world on one hand, and the attempt to develop synergic relationships with the local community on the other.
|Translated title of the contribution||[Autom. eng. transl.] Changing identity: the role of the pedagogical legal professional officer in prison|
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||NARRARE I GRUPPI|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
- funzionario della professionalità giuridico-pedagogica, contesto penitenziario, identità professionale, cambiamento
- juridical-educational professional, penitentiary context, professional identity, change