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NCJ Number: 99298 Find in a Library
Title: Visions of Social Control - Crime, Punishment and Classification
Author(s): S Cohen
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 333
Sponsoring Agency: Basil Blackwell, Inc.
New York, NY 10016
Sale Source: Basil Blackwell, Inc.
432 Park Avenue South
Ste 1505
New York, NY 10016
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book presents a theoretical and critical analysis of recent trends in Western social control, particularly in the areas of classification and punishment.
Abstract: It examines the deinstitutionalization and alternative forms of community control, diversion, disenchantment with the rehabilitative ideal, and the development of new ideologies and forms of intervention. Chapter 1 describes the foundations of the deviancy control system in the late 1700's and early 1800's, compares the historical models used to explain these developments, and examines several destructuring movements that appeared in the 1960's (decentralization, decriminalization, informalism, self-help, demedicalization, destigmatization, behaviorism, and neoclassicism). Chapter 2 condenses statistical and other research data to map out patterns in crime control over the past 20 years. Chapter 3 examines explanations for these trends and delineates five models of the relationship between social control policy intentions and consequences. Chapter 4 examines the surface messages, popular appeal, and deeper structures of three contrasting ideological positions: the quest for community, the minimal State, and the return to behaviorism. Chapter 5 highlights these positions in terms of the power and interests of experts and professionals in determining the nature of control policy. Chapter 6 considers more general visions of order and disorder with reference to inclusionary versus exclusionary forms of control. The final chapter further analyzes the choices, values, hidden agendas, and domain assumptions of various social control positions. A glossary, chapter notes and references, and an index are provided. (Author summary modified)
Index Term(s): Crime control model; Policy; Social change; Social control; Societal reactions to crime; Sociological analyses; Sociology
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