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The Culture of ControlCrime and Social Order in Contemporary Society$
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David Garland

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199258024

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199258024.001.0001

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Social Change and Social Order in Late Modernity

Social Change and Social Order in Late Modernity

(p.75) 4 Social Change and Social Order in Late Modernity
The Culture of Control

David Garland

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses crime control changes of the last twenty years in the USA and the UK. It argues that the turn against penal-welfarism took a ‘reactionary’, all-encompassing form because underlying the debate about crime and punishment was a fundamental shift of interests and sensibilities. This historical shift, which had both political and cultural dimensions, gave rise to new group relations and social attitudes. Here, the chapter gives an account of this social and political realignment. This account looks at the social and historical processes that have reconfigured the way that we live in the last third of the 20th century and the ways in which we have come to think and act in relation to crime. It is the story of the development of late modernity, our political and cultural reactions to it, and the implications that these have had for crime, crime-control, and criminal justice.

Keywords:   crime control, penal-welfarism, reactionary, realignment, modernity, crime, criminal justice

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