The Culture of Control: Crime and Social Order in Contemporary Society

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University of Chicago Press, Aug 1, 2002 - Law - 307 pages
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The past 30 years have seen vast changes in our attitudes toward crime. More and more of us live in gated communities; prison populations have skyrocketed; and issues such as racial profiling, community policing, and "zero-tolerance" policies dominate the headlines. How is it that our response to crime and our sense of criminal justice has come to be so dramatically reconfigured? David Garland charts the changes in crime and criminal justice in America and Britain over the past twenty-five years, showing how they have been shaped by two underlying social forces: the distinctive social organization of late modernity and the neoconservative politics that came to dominate the United States and the United Kingdom in the 1980s.

Garland explains how the new policies of crime and punishment, welfare and security—and the changing class, race, and gender relations that underpin them—are linked to the fundamental problems of governing contemporary societies, as states, corporations, and private citizens grapple with a volatile economy and a culture that combines expanded personal freedom with relaxed social controls. It is the risky, unfixed character of modern life that underlies our accelerating concern with control and crime control in particular. It is not just crime that has changed; society has changed as well, and this transformation has reshaped criminological thought, public policy, and the cultural meaning of crime and criminals. David Garland's The Culture of Control offers a brilliant guide to this process and its still-reverberating consequences.
  

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Mind opening book. It turned around my point of view on the prison system and social control. Read full review

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User Review  - Heather - Goodreads

This book was a fantastic look at crime in the US and UK since the 60s and 70s, the rise of a culture of fear, and the way that skyrocketing incarceration rates mirror sociopolitical developments. Plus, it's actually readable. Read full review

Contents

A History of the Present
1
Modern Criminal Justice and the PenalWelfare State
27
The Crisis of Penal Modernism
53
Social Change and Social Order in Late Modernity
75
Adaptation Denial and Acting Out
103
The Culture of High Crime Societies
139
The New Culture of Crime Control
167
Crime Control and Social Order
193
Appendix
207
Bibliography
277
Index
303
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David Garland is the Arthur T. Vanderbilt Professor of Law and Professor of Sociology at New York University. He is the author of the award-winning studies Punishment and Welfare and Punishment and Modern Society.

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