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Institutional aggression occurs where aggressive behaviour has become the norm in an
institution. It may occur `within' groups or institutions, such as the armed forces, prisons
and mental institutions. It may also occur `between' different groups such as sections of
society or religious sects.

An alternative explanation of institutional aggression…

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One explanation of institutional aggression `within' groups is the `Importation model' which
focuses on interpersonal factors with regard to prisons. Irwin and Cressey (1962) claim
that prisoner's bring their own personal traits and histories with them into prison, and this
influences their adaptation to the prison environment. They argue that…


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