Socialization in a total institution: implications of education in a military academy

In this paper, we discuss the process of secondary socialization of cadets in the Brazilian Air Force. We use qualitative research to describe and discuss the goals and practices of this socialization process, paying attention to the tensions in a total institution (as defined by Erving Goffman) that, paradoxically, is intended to educate professionals to show some individual autonomy. We then problematize the socialization process consequences, both expected and unplanned by the institution.

Secondary socialization; Military education; Total institution


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