Social Control in Europe: 1500-1800

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Herman Roodenburg
Ohio State University Press, 2004 - Social Science - 381 pages
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This first volume of a two-volume collection of essays provides a comprehensive examination of the idea of social control in the history of Europe. The uniqueness of these volumes lies in two main areas. First, the contributors compare methods of social control on many levels, from police to shaming, church to guilds. Second, they look at these formal and informal institutions as two-way processes. Unlike many studies of social control in the past, the scholars here examine how individuals and groups that are being controlled necessarily participate in and shape the manner in which they are regulated. Hardly passive victims of discipline and control, these folks instead claimed agency in that process, accepting and resisting -- and thus molding -- the controls under which they functioned. The essays in this volume focus on the interplay of ecclesiastical institutions and the emerging states, examining discipline from a bottom-up perspective. Book jacket.

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An Introduction
Discipline The State and the Churches in Early Modern Europe
Social Control in Early Modern England The Need for a Broad Perspective
Punishment versus Reconciliation Marriage Control in Sixteenth and SeventeenthCentury Holland
Ordering Discourse and Society Moral Politics Marriage and Fornication during the Reformation and the Confessionalization Process in Germany an...
Church Discipline in a Biconfessional Country Ireland in a European Context
Early Modern Discipline and the Visual Arts
Early Modern Architecture Conditioning Disciplining and Social Control
Moral Order in the World of Work Social Control and the Guilds in Europe
Behavioral Regulation in the City Families Religious Associations and the Role of Poor Relief
Social Control of Violence Violence As Social Control The Case of Early Modern Germany
The Making of Popular Cultures of Social Control A Comparison of Essex England and HesseCassel Germany during the Reformation
Social Control from Below Popular Arbitration of Disputes in Old Regime Spain
Charivari and Shame Punishments Folk Justice and State Justice in Early Modern England
Social Control and the Neighborhood in European Cities

Social Control Viewed from Below New Perspectives
The Uses of Justice As a Form of Social Control in Early Modern Europe

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Page 337 - Articles of religion agreed upon by the archbishops and bishops, and the rest of the clergy of Ireland, in the convocation holden at Dublin, in the year of our Lord 1615, for the avoiding of diversities of opinions, and the establishing of consent touching true religion.

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