Zamfir 3/2006

Sociologie Românească, Vol. IV, no. 3/2006, pp. 165-177.



SR 3 2006 coperta

Învinovățirea ca instrument al normalizării sociale, dar și al opresiunii: 10 critici la o nouă utopie

Blaming as an Instrument of Social Normalization, as well as Oppression: 10 Criticisms for a New Utopia

Cătălin Zamfir


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Abstract (Rezumat în limba engleză): This essay promotes the idea that the present-day obsession of the Security Files War is a good opportunity for developing sociological theory. I argue that Romania has created an absolute innovation regarding “public confessions and vulnerability to blackmail. Last but not least, current political, legal and institutional developments centered on the Security files investigation are not just a mere institutional practice they are the core of a new, oppressive society, which has not been experimented before. The main feature of this type of society is the fact that the social system oppresses a population by continually pressuring it to feel guilty. The question remains, whether we want to live in such a society.