Rejection, Humiliation, and Parole: A Study of Parolees’ Perspectives

Mark Pogrebin, Paul Stretesky, Alexandra Walker, Tara Opsal

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Research on status rejection has developed considerably over the past two decades and is applied in a number of different settings to better understand criminal and deviant behavior. Our research contributes to that body of work by examining the ways in which status rejection may create a potentially humiliating dynamic for individuals on parole. Specifically, we use in-depth interviews with parolees to illustrate how the parolee identity can promote the experience of status rejection and simultaneously foster conditions for humiliation — an emotional state that may impede one’s ability to both (re) construct a conventional identity and reintegrate back into one’s community.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)413-430
JournalSymbolic Interaction
Issue number3
Early online date30 Jun 2015
Publication statusPublished - 7 Aug 2015


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