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

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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.

Synopsis:

The United States and the United Kingdom have both become nations of stringent social control, from rapidlygrowing prison populations to everincreasing surveillance, curtailment of civil liberties, and restriction of the underclass. The Culture of Control charts the evolution of this approach to law and order — politically, legally, and in terms of the average citizen's view of criminal "others" and their civil liberties.

Synopsis:

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 securityand the changing class, race, and gender relations that underpin themare 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.

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

1. A History of the Present

2. Modern Criminal Justice and the Penal-Welfare State

3. The Crisis of Penal Modernism

4. Social Change and Social Order in Late Modernity

5. Policy Predicament: Adaptation, Denial, and Acting Out

6. Crime Complex: The Culture of High Crime Societies

7. The New Culture of Crime Control

8. Crime Control and Social Order

Appendix

Endnotes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226283838
Subtitle:
Crime and Social Order in Contemporary Society
Author:
Garland, David
Publisher:
University Of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago
Subject:
Criminology
Subject:
Criminal justice, administration of
Subject:
Crime prevention
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
106-127
Publication Date:
20020801
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , The United States and the United Kingdom have both become nations of stringent social control, from rapidlygrowing prison populations to everincreasing surveillance, curtailment of civil liberties, and restriction of the underclass. The Culture of Control charts the evolution of this approach to law and order — politically, legally, and in terms of the average citizen's view of criminal "others" and their civil liberties.
"Synopsis" by ,
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 securityand the changing class, race, and gender relations that underpin themare 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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