Visions of Social Control: Crime, Punishment and by Stanley Cohen

By Stanley Cohen

Visions of Social regulate is a panoramic research of modern shifts in rules and practices for facing crime and delinquency. In nice Britain, North the United States and Western Europe, the 1960's observed new theories and types of social keep an eye on which appeared to undermine the complete foundation of the validated method. Such slogans as 'decarceration' and 'division' greatly replaced the dominance of the criminal, the facility of execs and the crime-control procedure itself. Stanley Cohen strains the ancient roots of those obvious adjustments and reforms, demonstrates intimately their frequently paradoxical effects and speculates most likely way forward for social regulate in Western societies. He has produced a wholly unique synthesis of the unique literature in addition to an introductory consultant to the key theoreticians of social regulate, akin to David Rothman and Michael Foucault. this isn't only a publication for the professional in criminology, social difficulties and the sociology of deviance yet increases a complete variety of problems with a lot wider curiosity to the social sciences. A concluding bankruptcy at the sensible and coverage implications of the research is of targeted relevance to social employees and different practitioners. this is often an vital publication for a person who desires to make feel of the bewildering fresh shifts in ideology and coverage in the direction of crime - and to appreciate the wider sociological implications of the research of social regulate.

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For many of these 'multi-purpose' centres, bureaux, services and agencies are directed not just at convicted offenders, but are preventive, diagnostic or screening enterprises aimed at potential, pre-delinquent or 'at risk' populat:ons. The ideology of community treatment and the preventive thrust of the diversion strategy allows for an altogether facile evasion of the delinquent/non-delinquent distinction. A good example of this evasion is the British system of Intermediate Treatment (IT). This is not just an intermediate possibility between sending a child away from home and leaving him in his normal home environment, but also a new way 'to make use of facilities available to chillhen who have not been before the courts, and so to secure the treatment of "children in trouble" in the company of other children through the sharing of activities and experiences within the community.

They have been given their chance in the community, now they have reached the bottom of the barrel. 22 There are also such feedback loops to networks of deviancy control, care and treatment right outside the criminal justice apparatus. As I will describe in the next section, boundaries between these systems are now less clearly defined and therefore gains and losses ar~ virtually i~possible to estimate. The flow occurs in both directions: former offender groups are retracked into the welfare or mental health system and previous patients (notably decarcerated mentally ill adults) come into the criminal justice system.

The flow occurs in both directions: former offender groups are retracked into the welfare or mental health system and previous patients (notably decarcerated mentally ill adults) come into the criminal justice system. This is merely one example of the technical complexIty of describing changes in the size and density of the control network. Bu t the broad outlines are clear - the older and discredited parts of the system (particularly traditional custodial institutions) remain. r community alternatives.

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