'Chriss reminds us that social control, the flip side of deviance, is central to social life; all societies practice it, from the pinnacle of the power structure to all of us at the grassroots, in our interactions with others on a one-to-one basis. His discussion is both broad and specific to particular key realms: Chriss has done an admirable job of analyzing how social control operates in the contemporary world, with terrorism, ADHD, and racialized social relations supplying key examples.'
Erich Goode, Stony Brook University
'The author is widely read in the field of social control, and is to be commended for his coverage of a broad range of material. While the focus is on sociological materials, the author has included relevant concepts and research from related fields, and the connections among disparate literatures reflect insight and originality. The quality of the content is excellent - I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.'
John DeLamater, University of Wisconsin-Madison
'For a century now, scholars have tried to conceptualize control as a central notion in sociology. The second edition of James Chriss's Social Control continues the grand tradition begun by Ward and Ross, deftly weaving in classical and contemporary thought and using current events to illustrate medical, legal, and informal control. This is essential reading for all social scientists, young and old.'
Matthias Gross, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, UFZ, Leipzig
'Social Control provides a theoretical diverse and timely discussion of the way the government, medical system, and citizens attempt to regulate behavior in modern society. Chriss draws on wide range of scholarly work in criminology and sociology and presents numerous examples from contemporary America to support his central points.'
James Tucker, University of New Hampshire
"A comprehensive guide to historical debates and more recent controversies, examining in detail the criminal justice system, medicine, everyday life, and national security."