The Handbook of Social Control, edited by Mathieu Deflem (Wiley)

Mathieu Deflem, Editor
University of South Carolina

Handbook forthcoming for publication by Wiley Blackwell. This handbook handbook includes 32 chapters written by scholars in the fields of sociology, criminology, and law on a broad range of issues and dimensions of social control. It will go into production early 2018 and will be published about a year thereafter.

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The concept of social control has a long history in the social sciences, dating back to the earliest days of the institutionalization of the discipline of sociology (see Deflem 2015). Originally, social control was defined in terms of the whole of institutions that provided the foundations of social order in modern societies characterized by increasing levels of individualism and diversity. Since then, however, social control has come to be conceived more specifically in terms of the control of norm violations, ranging from informal norms in relative small social settings to highly formalized norms in large-scale societies.

The Handbook of Social Control provides an overview of selected aspects of social control to offer an overview of the most important perspectives and dimensions of social control today. This handbook  is justified both because of its academic usefulness and pedagogical value. Existing edited volumes that explicitly deal with social control from a criminological and sociological viewpoint are by now several years old or they either address a wide and rather incoherent variety of different forms of social control or are instead focused on specific aspects of control, such as policing and surveillance. Pedagogically as well as academically, therefore, this handbook fulfills a distinct and unique role. The chapters of this handbook reflect the theoretical and methodological diversity that exists in the study of social control and are likewise usefully diverse in terms of thematic scope.

This handbook will be published by Wiley in the series, Handbooks in Criminology and Criminal Justice, series editor Charles F. Wellford, University of Maryland, College Park.


Introduction: Social Control Today – Mathieu Deflem

Part 1: Theories and Perspectives 
  • Social Control: History of the Concept – James J. Chriss 
  • Deviance, Social Control, and Criminalization – Robert F. Meier 
  • Law as Social Control – A. Javier Treviño 
  • Social Geometry and Social Control – Bradley Campbell and Jason Manning 
  • Discipline and Governmentality – Steven Hutchinson and Pat O'Malley 

Part 2: Institutions and Organizations 
  • Social Control in Organizations - Calvin Morrill and Brittany Arsiniega
  • Psychiatric Control – Bruce Arrigo and Heather Bersot
  • Juvenile Justice – Shelly Schaefer
  • Social Movements and Social Control – Sherry Cable

Part 3: Criminal Justice 
  • Race and the Criminal Justice System – April D. Fernandes and Robert D. Crutchfield
  • Gun Control – Gary Kleck
  • Restorative Justice – Holly Ventura Miller and Rachel Rogers
  • Crime Prevention – Kristie R. Blevins
  • Actuarial Justice – Gil Rothschild-Elyassi, Johann Koehler, and Jonathan Simon 

Part 4: Law Enforcement and Policing 
  • History of Policing – Massimiliano Mulone
  • Police and Technology – James J. Willis
  • Policing Terrorism – Mathieu Deflem and Stephen Chicoine 
  • Police and Radicalization – Derek M.D. Silva
  • Police Accountability and Ethics – Toycia Collins and Charles F. Klahm

Part 5: Punishment and Prison 
  • History of the Prison – Ashley T. Rubin
  • Prison Culture – Laura McKendy and Rose Ricciardelli 
  • Mass Incarceration – Roy Janisch
  • Abolitionism and Decarceration – Nicolas Carrier, Justin Piché, and Kevin Walby
  • The Death Penalty – Paul Kaplan

Part 6: Surveillance 
  • Technologies of Surveillance – Stéphane Leman-Langlois
  • Surveillance and Public Space – Kiyoshi Abe
  • Countersurveillance – James Walsh
  • Surveillance in Popular Culture – Anna S. Rogers 

Part 7: Globalization 
  • Border Control – Alexander C. Diener and Joshua Hagen
  • Immigration Policies – Samantha Hauptman
  • International Policing and Peacekeeping – Michael J. Jenkins and John Casey 
  • Human Rights and Social Control – Joachim J. Savelsberg and Brooke B. Chambers


Mathieu Deflem is Professor of Sociology at the University of South Carolina. He has published widely on various aspects of social control, including international policing practices, surveillance, censorship, and law.
Mathieu Deflem, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology
University of South Carolina
Department of Sociology
Sloan College, Office 217
911 Pickens Street
Columbia, SC 29208 (USA) 

See also other edited books by Deflem.