Crime, Social Control Human Rights: From Moral Panics to States of Denial, Essays in Honour of Stanley Cohen


The work of Stanley Cohen over four decades has come to acquire a classical status in the fields of criminology, sociology and human rights. His writing, research, teaching and practical engagement in these fields have been at once rigorously analytical and intellectually inspiring. It amounts to a unique contribution, immensely varied yet with several unifying themes, and it has made, and continues to make, a lasting impact around the world. His work thus has a protean character and scope which transcend time and place.

This book of essays in Stanley Cohen's honour aims to build on and reflect some of his many-sided contributions. It contains chapters by some of the world's leading thinkers as well as the rising generation of scholars and practitioners whose approach has been shaped in significant respects by his own.

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Editorial Reviews

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'This diverse and insightful collection of contemporary 'Cohenology' is the ideal tribute to a man who is perhaps criminology's most erudite, readable and humane practitioner.' − Shadd Maruna, Queen's University Belfast
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134005956
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/17/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eTextbook
  • Pages: 472
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

David Downes is Professor Emeritus of Social Administration at the London School of Economics, UK.

Paul Rock is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the London School of Economics, UK.

Christine Chinkin is Professor of International Law at the London School of Economics, UK. She is an Overseas Affiliated Faculty Member, University of Michigan and has been a Scholar in Residence for Amnesty International (2005).

Conor Gearty is Professor Human Rights Law, and Director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at the London School of Economics, UK.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Noam Chomsky Introduction Part 1: Seminal Influences 1. Growing up with Stan, Adam Kuper 2. The art of exile: a study of Alexander Herzen, Richard Sennett 3. The other side of the street: an interview with Stan Cohen, Laurie Taylor 4. How we deal with the people we study: 'The Last Seminar' revisited, Howard Becker Part 2: Gradations of Social Control: From Moral Panics to Long-term Imprisonment 5. Folk Devils and Moral Panics: an appreciation from North America, Malcolm M. Feeley and Jonathan Simon 6. Slipping away - moral panics each side of 'The Golden Age', Jock Young 7. Sexual offenders and the path to a purified domain, Andrew Rutherford 8. Hassles and worse, Harvey Molotch 9. Moral panic, denial and human rights: scanning the spectrum from overreaction to underreaction, Michael Welch Part 3: The Extremities of Control: Torture and the Death Penalty 10. The power to classify: avenues into a supermax prison, Sharon Shalev 11. The torture debate: Israel and beyond, David Kretzmer 12. Death, denial, discourse: on the forms and functions of American capital punishment, David Garland Part 4: Visions of Social Control 13. Pathologies of markets and states, Steven Lukes 14. Visions of Social Control revisited, Thomas Blomberg and Carter Hay 15. Governing security: the rise of the privatized military, Tim Newburn 16. The free movement of people: ethical debates before and after '9/11', Robin Cohen 17. Detain - restrain - control: sliding scale or slippery slope? Jill Peay 18. Social control talk/talking about social control: encounters with Stan Cohen and his work, Andrew Scull Part 5 The Theory and Practice of Denial 19. Denial and responsibility, Nicola Lacey 20. The Israeli human rights movement - lessons from South Africa, Daphna Golan-Agnon 21. Mediterranean poverty and conflict: applying a human rights strategy, Peter Townsend 22. States of acknowledgment: the politics of memory, apology, and therapy, Claire Moon 23. Denial in Cambodia, Margo Picken 24. Does any of this matter? Transitional justice and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Ron Dudai Part 6: Ways Ahead 25. 'I sang in my cell because I wouldn't sing' and other tales, Albie Sachs 26. Restorative justice: answers to deficits in modernity? Nils Christie 27. The flow of boundaries: gays, queers and intimate citizenship, Ken Plummer 28. The fates of solidarity: use and abuse, Fred Halliday 29. Criminology as a vocation, Robert Reiner 30. Conflicts, suffering and the promise of human rights, Ruth Jamieson and Kieran McEvoy

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