The Social Structure of Right and Wrong
The handling of right and wrong, known in sociology as social control or conflict management, covers everything from a brief glance of disapproval to the horrific bombing of a large city. This book contains formulations that predict and explain the nature of social control. "The Social Structure of Right and Wrong" uses a theoretical approach, pursuing a radically sociological (not psychological) and uncompromisingly scientific approach to the application of morality. The book provides a wealth of new sociological theory on largely unexplored topics such as vengeance, discipline, avoidance, pacification, negotiation and toleration. It contains new concepts and typologies applicable to partisan and nonpartisan forms of conflict management. It also offers new theoretical perspectives on: crime as a form of self-help; the broadening legal liability of organizations; social control of the self; social determination; evolution of partisanship; and moralism. Black is the author of "The Behavior of Law" also published by Academic Press.
- Hardback | 224 pages
- 154.94 x 238.76 x 22.86mm | 476.27g
- 01 Apr 1993
- Elsevier Science Publishing Co Inc
- Academic Press Inc
- San Diego, United States
- appendix, references, index
Table of contents
Social control as a dependent variable; crime as social control; compensation and the social structure of misfortune; social control of the self; the elementary forms of conflict management; taking sides; making enemies.