Culture of Control: Crime and Social Order in Contemporary Society / Edition 1

Culture of Control: Crime and Social Order in Contemporary Society / Edition 1

by David Garland
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226283844

ISBN-13: 9780226283845

Pub. Date: 08/01/2002

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


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…  See more details below

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226283845
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
08/01/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
612,536
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1A History of the Present1
2Modern Criminal Justice and the Penal-Welfare State27
3The Crisis of Penal Modernism53
4Social Change and Social Order in Late Modernity75
5Policy Predicament: Adaptation, Denial, and Acting Out103
6Crime Complex: The Culture of High Crime Societies139
7The New Culture of Crime Control167
8Crime Control and Social Order193
Appendix207
Endnotes211
Bibliography277
Index303

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