The Culture of Control Crime and Social Order in Contemporary Society

Auteur: Onbekend
Taal: Engels
The Culture of Control

Uitgever: Oxford University Press

Auteur: Onbekend
  • Engels
  • Paperback
  • 9780199258024
  • Druk: New edition
  • december 2002
  • 328 pagina's
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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.


Garland's book is more than just an important contribution to criminology. It is also a major work of social analysis, which deserves to be read more widely ... his account of changes in crime control also provides one of the clearest and most convincing characterizations of contemporary society in general. * Robert Reiner, The Times Literary Supplement * There is a tremendous readability and clarity about The Culture of Control that almost disguises the mass of learning and information in the book. In fact, it is difficult to know which feature is to be admired more: the extraordinary sophistication, the integration of so many different approaches and disciplines, the snappy writing, or the lucid ordering of the argument. There is compelling realism about Garland's work. Much of it rings true, although some may find the reading of recent social history rather left wing. Against the backdrop of the new, dispiriting, CJS White Paper, here is a prophet for our times. * Legal and Criminological Psychology *

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  • Cultural changes surrounding crime and security
    • Compleet
    • Inspirerend

    According to Garland there is a significant change in the culture surrounding crime and security. This development is visible in both the governmental sector and the semi-governmental sector and ‘pushes policy away from retribution, deterrence and reform towards a concern with prevention, harm-reduction and risk-management’. In other words; it focuses on creating fewer security weaknesses.

    This culture started to rise in the last decades, due to public demands for stronger measures of protection. Agencies started to put more effort on protecting the public, acting upon the public’s fear. New infrastructures started to arise, the reactive strategies of the past were replaced by more proactive versions. Therefore, the value based approach of the past is replaced by a more amoral and technical approach. Garland describes this as follows; ‘Instead of rejecting crime as socially unjust or unacceptable, this new culture only seeks to repair social and economic relations that give rise to crime’. By addressing more attention to the social system and institutions, instead of on particular human beings (and their attitudes), efforts are being made to redesign situations to lessen the opportunities for crime.

    Nevertheless, this new approach (or culture) comes with a cost. By reshaping the response to crime and security issues, there is also more chance of the hardening of social division in society. Furthermore, it may also lead to a tendency towards authoritarianism and the decline of tolerance in society.

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  • Langdradig, maar een goed punt.
    • Overzichtelijk
    • Praktisch toepasbaar
    • Heldere boodschap
    • Volledig
    • veel herhaling
    Toon alle punten Toon alleen de eerste 3 punten

    In dit boek besteed Garland aandacht aan de veranderingen in het criminaliteitsbeleid van de tweede wereldoorlog tot nu. Hij besteed daarbij met name aandacht aan de omslag van de verzorgingsstaat uit de jaren 70 naar de punitieve hedendaagse aanpak. We leven immers in een tijd waar de opvatting van experts omtrent criminaliteitsbeleid plaats heeft moeten maken voor politiek populisme.

    Wanneer men hoofdstuk 1, 2, 7 en 8 leest, is de kern van Garlands verhaal al duidelijk. De overige hoofdstukken bespreken de context waarin hij zijn theorieën plaatst. Naar mijn mening betreffen deze hoofdstukken veel dezelfde informatie.

    Desondanks is dit een aanrader voor iedere criminoloog, jurist, sociale wetenschapper of overige maatschappelijk geëngageerde personen.

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