The Handbook of Social Control, ed. Mathieu Deflem (Wiley-Blackwell, 2019)

Mathieu Deflem, Editor
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Published by Wiley-Blackwell, January 2019.

ISBN-13: 9781119372387 | ISBN-10: 1119372380

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Bibliographic citation: Deflem, Mathieu, Editor. 2019. The Handbook of Social Control. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.


Social control has long been a central focus in sociology and criminology. Originally defined as a central foundation of social order, social control has since come to be conceived in terms of the control of norm violations (Deflem, 2015). The Handbook of Social Control provides an overview of selected aspects of social control to offer an overview of the most important dimensions of social control today. Pedagogically as well as academically, this handbook fulfills a unique role by being explicitly focused on issues of social control from a variety of perspectives. This book reveals the rich heritage of the major relevant perspectives of social control and provides an overview of the most important theories and dimensions of social control today. 

This handbook is published in the series, Handbooks in Criminology and Criminal Justice.


Introduction: Social Control Today [online] – Mathieu Deflem

Part 1: Theories and Perspectives 
  • Social Control: History of the Concept [available as PDF] – 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 [available as PDF] – April D. Fernandes and Robert D. Crutchfield
  • Gun Control – Gary Kleck
  • Restorative Justice – Rachel Rogers and Holly Ventura Miller
  • 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 [available online] – Mathieu Deflem and Stephen Chicoine 
  • Police and Radicalization – Derek M.D. Silva
  • Police Accountability and Ethics [online] – 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


This book can be purchased from Wiley or on Amazon and everywhere. Access is also provided via the Wiley Online Library. Students and academics can contact their library to order a print or E-copy by emailing this link!

Selected chapters are freely available online via Google Books!

See also other edited books by Deflem.