The State of Social Control

The State of Social Control : A Social Study of Concepts of State and Social Control in the Making of Democracy

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Using a distinctive and original perspective, this book discusses the development of the social control of deviance in modern states. Mechanisms of social control, Melossi argues, have been structured in a direct way by concepts of the state and political order. He analyzes both the early development of theories of the state and law in Europe, and brings the discussion up to date with a consideration of current debates about social control in the United States. An assessment of the legacy of the work of Machiavelli, Hobbes and Locke is followed by a consideration of Rousseau's work on natural law, democracy and the French revolution, Hegel's Ethical State and Marx's concepts of political and economic democracy. Melossi then turns his attention to the struggle for democracy in Europe, considering Durkeim, Weber, Kelser and Gramsci. Turning to social control and social order in American democracy, Melossi focusus on the work of the Chicago School in the 1920s and the work of Parsons and Easton. In conclusion, he develops his own theory of social control, incorporating ideas drawn from current debates in social and political more

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  • Hardback | 220 pages
  • 152 x 229mm | 469g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0745605427
  • 9780745605425

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Introduction Part I: The Parable of the State 1. From the State of the Prince to the State of Civil Society 2. Natural Law, Democracy and the State 3. The Social Question and the Critique of the State 4. The State, an Angelic Body 5. In Quest of Democracy, Against the State Part II: Democracy and Social Control 6. American Rejection of a State Concept and Social Control 7. The Age of Social Control 8. A Theory of Pro-Active and Plural Social Control 9. Leviathan Resurrected 10. The State of Social Control more