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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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Crime Control and Social Order

Crime Control and Social Order

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The Culture of Control

David Garland

Oxford University Press

The crime control landscape that has emerged in America and Britain at the end of the 20th century has surprised experts and defied historical predictions. This chapter argues that one can best understand these developments — in policing, sentencing, punishment, penal philosophy, penal politics, private security, crime prevention, criminological theory, the treatment of victims, and so on — by regarding them as interrelated aspects of a social field that is itself being restructured. The book has described how the new crime control developments have ‘adapted’ and ‘responded’ to the late modern world, and to its political and cultural values. But these developments also, in their turn, play a role in creating that world, helping to constitute the meaning of late modernity. The book also argues that today's crime control strategies have certain congruence, a certain ‘fit’ with the structures of late modern society. They represent a particular kind of response, a particular adaptation, to the specific problems of social order produced by late modern social organization.

Keywords:   crime control, America, Britain, modern world, modernity, social organization, social order

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