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TOLEDO, Isadora d'Ávila; KEMP, Valéria Heloisa  and  MACHADO, Marília Novais da Mata. The meanings of work for former convicts inserted in the formal labor market. Cad. psicol. soc. trab. [online]. 2014, vol.17, n.1, pp.85-99. ISSN 1516-3717.

Data about Brazilian former convicts show numerous recurrences of law violation, accompanied by the continued growth of the prison population, often exposed to precarious conditions in prisons. In this framework, social inclusion programs for former convicts are important. In this study, it was investigated the Project Return, developed in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, and aimed to reinstate the egress to the formal labor market, via partner organizations. Considering that labor activity plays a central role in the life of these subjects and using as theory, among others, especially the works of Morin, it was sought to understand the meanings attributed to work by former convicts inserted in two organizations with partnership with the Project Return. The methodology adopted was the qualitative research. Twelve former convicts and two HR professionals from the organizations were interviewed and their statements transcribed. The interview material was subjected to content analysis, which led to the creation of six analytical categories for the egresses speeches - work trajectory, life in prison, life post-prison, jobs as egresses, job perception, meanings of the work - and a seventh, the vision of HR professionals. The results show that, paradoxically, despite exercising precarious activities, former convicts reported job satisfaction.

Keywords : Meanings of work; Former convicts; Reintegration into the formal labor market.

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