Forsoning og straf

Amina Carsce Nissen & Milan Malinovski

Student thesis: Master thesis


The victim‐offender mediation program, Konfliktråd became a reality in early 2010 and thus became a new element in a distinctive, tradition‐bound, powerful penal system. Consequently we want to explore the significance that this new tool will have on our understanding of punishment. Building on Michel Foucault’s and Mitchell Dean’s understanding of practice regimes, it is the ambition of this dissertation to illustrate and discuss how the Konfliktråd, viewed as a steering technology, will affect the punishment regime. Through an analysis of the scientific and political sources that laid ground for the initiation of the Konfliktråd, we observe how a variety of new discursive elements and management techniques have entered the scene of the penal system. These findings, which can be seen as an extension and renewal of a general understanding of punishment, have not yet been examined within a sociological or legal context. The contribution of this dissertation is double‐stranded; It offers a look into some of the elements that the always evolving practice regime, will have to absorb and accommodate in the encounter with the steering technology (the Konfliktråd). By practice regime we mean the relatively coherent ways we think, practice and reform activities as care, administration, counselling, health care, punishment, educate etc. The dissertation will show what consequences the introduction of the Konfliktråd will have prospectively on the relationship between society, the injured party and the perpetrator. These contributions will not have a definitive conclusive character, but instead take the form of discussions and hypothetical observations of a steering technology that is yet to have a visible impact in a Danish context.

EducationsMSocSc in Political Communication and Managment, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2010
Number of pages128