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Deviance and Social Control - Dr. Monsma
Social Control Syllabus - South Carolina
Deviance, Law and Social Control Program Syllabus - University of Wisconsin,
The program in Deviance, Law, and Social Control (DLSC) is designed to train sociology
graduate students in the areas of sociology of law, deviance, criminology and social
control. Through a combination of classroom instruction, independent directed study, and
teaching and research apprenticeships, the program fosters a sound background in general
sociology, a thorough understanding of theoretical and empirical issues in the study of
law and deviance, and a solid set of technical skills for conducting scholarly research.
Upon graduation from the program, students have gone on to take jobs in the
nation's leading sociology, law, and criminal justice programs.
The Deviance, Law and Social Control program builds upon the strengths of the University
of Wisconsin's Department of Sociology, which has received top national rankings for both
scholarship and training.
Compared to the law and deviance programs at other major universities, Wisconsin's
DLSC program is distinguished both by its strong emphasis on Law and Society scholarship
and by its commitment to linking the study of law and deviance with more general issues in
social and legal theory. Students in the DLSC area develop a solid foundation in core
sociological theory and research methods, as well as more specialized expertise in the
sociology of law, deviance and criminology. DLSC students have a choice of taking either
of two written preliminary examinations: a broad exam in "deviance, law, and social
control," or a more specialized exam in "law and society."
The Deviance, Law and Social Control program features a weekly training
colloquium, in which faculty and graduate students meet to present research ideas,
critically evaluate each other's work, and review recent developments in the field. In
addition, the program offers a variety of lecture courses and seminars:
Sociology of Law
Sociology of the Legal Profession
Processes of Deviant Behavior
Corrections and the Control of Crime
Sociology of Mental Health
Modern American Communities
Seminar in the Sociology of Law
Seminar in Law, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Seminar in Criminology
Seminar in Deviance
Traditionally, Wisconsin's Deviance, Law and Social Control program has encouraged
interdisciplinary training. All of the DLSC faculty pursue substantial interests in other
areas of sociology as well -- including organizations, occupations and professions, race
and ethnicity, urban sociology, social psychology, methods and statistics, and social
work. Faculty members also maintain extensive ties outside the Sociology Department,
including linkages with the Department of Psychology, the Department of Political Science,
the Law School, the School of Social Work, the Institute for Legal Studies, the Institute
for Research on Poverty, the Mental Health Research Center, the Center on Wisconsin
Strategy, the Waisman Center on Mental Retardation and Human Development, and the Havens
Center. Four members of the Sociology Department faculty have legal training, and three
hold joint appointments in the Law School.
Syllabus - Deviance
and Social Control
Dr. Monsma - home.nwciowa.edu/monsma/deviant/syl.asp
This class focuses on a sociological understanding of deviance. We will explore how both
culture and structure may shape the prevalence, definition, and reaction to deviance.
Various theoretical perspectives will be examined and discussed to see how deviance may be
both understood and even perhaps, predicted. Finally, a number of more
concrete areas will be examined, to both see how the theory holds up in real
life, and to deepen the understanding of deviance and attempts at social control of
This course poses a number of questions about human societies and the boundaries of
acceptability. A student who successfully
completes this course
Will demonstrate competency in understanding the sociological study of deviance through
study of the course questions and formulation of answers to the questions.
Will demonstrate competency in core concepts of the field of sociology as they relate to
the study of deviance and social control.
Will demonstrate competency in critical thinking.
The specific questions this course poses are:
1. Who or what defines how individuals, groups, or social institutions are deviant or are
engaging in deviant activities?
2. How do the various theoretical perspectives help us understand the influences leading
to deviance and also help us to understand attempts at social control?
3. What is the role of power in both the creation of deviance and attempts at the social
control of deviance?
4. How does an understanding of deviance and social control shape the understanding of our
faith at the same time that faith shapes our understanding of deviance and social control?
Weitzer, Ronald Deviance and Social Control: A Reader
Schedule of Topics:
Topic 1: Course Introduction & Thinking sociologically (the Cliff Notes© version)
Topic 2: Defining Deviance
Images of Deviance and Social Control
The Saints and the Roughnecks (on reserve)
Topic 3: Constructing and Controlling Deviance
Ironies of Social Control
Topic 4: Functionalist Theory
The Sociology of Deviance
Television News Magazines and Functionalism
Topic 5: Social Disorganization Theory
Topic 6: Anomie Theory
Social Structure and Anomie
Anomie and Corporate Deviance
Topic 7: Learning Theory
Becoming a Marihuana User
The Training of House Prostitutes
Topic 8: Labeling Theory
Societal Reaction to Deviant Behavior
Labeling the CIA deviant
Topic 9: Conflict Theory
Capitalism, Class, and Crime in America
The Police and the Black Male
Fraternities and Rape on Campus
Topic 10: Deviance in the Media
Media Constructions of Crime
Deviants on Talk Shows
Topic 11: The Control of Deviance
Politics of Marihuana Decriminalization
Prostitution Control in America
On Being Sane in Insane Places
Topic 12: Becoming Deviant: Identity and Behavior Change
Drifting into Drug Dealing
Coming out as a Transgendered Person
Topic 13: Managing Deviance
Living with the Stigma of Aids
Situational Ethics and Cheating Among College Students
Denying the Guilty Mind
Topic 14: Fighting Back: Organized Résistance by Deviants
The Prostitutes rights Campaign
Political Activism Among Disabled and Mental Patients
Gay and Lesbian Movements
Social Control - South Carolina
SOCY 507 - Syllabus University of South Carolina
Instructor: Mathieu Deflem, Ph.D.
In its function, the power to punish is not essentially different from that of curing or
educating. - Michel Foucault.
This advanced undergraduate course engages students in the sociological study of the
societal construction and response to deviance and crime. The perspective of this course
is not centered on deviance and crime, but on the manner in which a society attempts to
control deviant and/or criminal behavior. This course, also, deals not only, and not even
primarily, with the official treatment of crime through a system based on criminal law,
but also with other, more and less informal ways in which deviance and crime are
controlled in a society, whether through the behavior of singular actors or large
The themes of this course involve a broad selection of topics in the sociology of social
control. Though in no way attempting to be a complete overview of sociological issues of
social control, the course will enable analysis of a variety of themes. First, the course
will begin with an overview of theories in the sociology of social control, which will
also serve to trace some of the history of the concept of social control in American
sociology. Second, we discuss aspects in the historical transformation of social control
and punishment from the 18th century onwards. Third, a number of special topics are
discussed: 1) social control across borders (international police cooperation); 2) social
control beyond the state (censorship and joking); 3) social control on the internet; and
4) control technologies and privacy. Fourth, we conclude by discussing the contemporary
culture of control in the United States.
The objectives of this course are to understand some of the specific characteristics of
the manner in which sociologists study social control as well as some of the patterns and
dynamics of social control in a variety of societal settings.
This course is primarily designed for sociology majors at the junior and senior levels,
but other students with sufficient background knowledge in relevant issues are welcome to
sign up. A necessary prerequisite for this course is a SOCY 300-level course, or SOCY 540,
or consent of the instructor.
Graduate students taking this course have to consult the instructor.
I. Sociological Theories of Social Control
II. On the History of Social Control & Punishment
- The History of Punishment
- Discipline and the Rise of the Prison
III. International Policing and Counter-Terrorism
- Social Control Across Borders
- Policing International Terrorism
IV. Technology and Social Control
- The Internet, Technology and Privacy
- Censorship as Social Control
V. The Culture of Control: Contemporary Conditions
The required readings for this course consist of several books and a series of articles.
The URL links provide added info about the authors and the books:
1) Foucault, Michel. (1975) 1977. Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison. New
York: Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75255-2
2) Staples, Williams, G. 2000. Everyday Surveillance: Vigilance and Visibility in
Postmodern Life. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. ISBN 0-7425-0078-0
3) Garland, David. 2002. The Culture of Control: Crime and Social Order in Contemporary
Society. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 0-226-28384-4
The required articles are all online. Some of the readings can only be accessed from
University servers or by proxy (USC) in Netscape, or by adding the following prefix to
every linked article in a database to which a subscription is required:
pallas2.tcl.sc.edu/login?url= e.g. http://www.jstor.org/ becomes
Social Control, by Edward Alsworth Ross. American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 1, No. 5.
(Mar., 1896), pp. 513-535.
Social Control. IV. Suggestion, by Edward Alsworth Ross. American Journal of Sociology,
Vol. 2, No. 2. (Sep., 1896), pp. 255-263.
Social Control. XIV. Education, by E.A. Ross. American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 5, No.
4. (Jan., 1900), pp. 475-487.
Perspectives on the Concept of Social Control, by Robert F. Meier. Annual Review of
Sociology, Vol. 8. (1982), pp. 35-55.
Bureaucratization and Social Control: Historical Foundations of International Police
Cooperation, by Mathieu Deflem. Law & Society Review 34(3):601-640, 2000.
Technology and the Internationalization of Policing: A Comparative-Historical Perspective,
by Mathieu Deflem. Justice Quarterly 19(3):453-475, 2002.
Social Control and the Policing of Terrorism: Foundations for a Sociology of
Counter-Terrorism, by Mathieu Deflem. The American Sociologist 35(2):75-92, 2004.
Interpol and the Policing of International Terrorism: Developments and Dynamics since
September 11, by Mathieu Deflem, with Lindsay C. Maybin. In Terrorism: Research, Readings,
& Realities. Prentice-Hall, 2005.
Technology and Social Control: The Search for the Illusive Silver Bullet, by Gary T. Marx.
In the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2001.
Privacy and Technology, by Gary T. Marx. This is a revision of material that appeared in
The World and I, September 1990 and Telektronik January 1996.
Rap, Rock, and Censorship, by Mathieu Deflem. Presented at the Law & Society
Association meeting, 1993. Revised, 2001.
GRADUATE STUDENTS SUPPLEMENTARY REQUIRED READINGS
Graduate students (M.A., Ph.D.) who take this course have to read all of the three books
for this course, the online articles mentioned in the schedule, as well as the following
supplementary articles, all of which are available online. Graduate students also have to
complete all the exams and they have to write a research paper. This is for graduate
Reactions to Deviance: A Critical Assessment, by Edwin M. Schur. American Journal of
Sociology, Vol. 75, No. 3. (Nov., 1969), pp. 309-322.
Social Control and the Theory of Communicative Action, by Mathieu Deflem. International
Journal of the Sociology of Law 22(4):355-373, 1994.
Paul Hirst. Statism, Pluralism and Social Control. The British Journal of Criminology,
1/1/00 (Vol. 40, No. 2) , pp. 279-295; OR: Jock Young. Cannibalism and bulimia: Patterns
of social control in late modernity. Theoretical Criminology, 11/1/99 (Vol. 3, No. 4) ,
Surveillance and Criminal Statistics: Historical Foundations of Governmentality, by
Mathieu Deflem. Pp. 149-184 in Studies in Law, Politics and Society, Vol. 17, edited by A.
Sarat and S. Silbey. Greenwich, CT: JAI Press, 1997.
Social Control Across Borders
The Boundaries of International Cooperation: Problems and Prospects of U.S.-Mexican
Policing, by Mathieu Deflem. Chapter in Corruption, Police, Security & Democracy,
edited by Menachem Amir & Stanley Einstein. Chicago: Office on International Criminal
Justice, in press.
Moral boundaries and deviant music: Public attitudes toward heavy metal and rap, by
Lynxwiler and Gay. Deviant Behavior, 1/1/00 (Vol. 21, No. 1) , pp. 63-85.
Rhonda D. Evans, Examining the informal sanctioning of deviance in a chat room culture.
Deviant Behavior, 5/1/01 (Vol. 22, No. 3) , pp. 195-210; OR: Keith F. Durkin, and Clifton
D. Bryant, Propagandizing pederasty: A thematic analysis of the on-line exculpatory
accounts of unrepentant pedophiles. Deviant Behavior, 3/1/99 (Vol. 20, No. 2) , pp.
Measuring Everything That Moves: The New Surveillance at Work, by G.T. Marx. In I. and R.
Simpson, eds., The Workplace and Deviance. JAI series on Research in the Sociology of
Culture of Crime Control
Dario Melossi, The cultural embeddedness of social control: Reflections on the comparison
of Italian and North-American cultures concerning punishment. Theoretical Criminology,
11/1/2001 (Vol. 5, No. 4) , pp. 403-424.
The Democratic Deficit Revisited: Considering the Politics of Criminal Justice, by Mathieu
Deflem. Pp. 111-117 in Politique, police et justice au bord du futur: Mélanges pour et
avec Lode Van Outrive, edited by Y. Cartuyvels et al. Paris: LHarmattan, 1998.
and Social Control
Crime Law and Social Control
of Deviance and Social Control
and Social Control A Reader
Study in Social Control
and Social Control Japan
and Social Control in Russia
Threat and Social Control Religion
Deviance and Social Control
Catholics and Hitlers Wars
Control in Eighteenth Century Sabara
social control and modernization
Control and the Ironies of Imprisonment
Control of Corporate Behavior
and Social Control in Medieval England
Mythinformation and Social Control
Media Social Control and Social Change
Control and the Social Sciences
Culture of Surveillance Discipline and Social Control in the United States
of Social Control
Control and Artistic Creation
Control in Slave Plantation Societies
Surveillance and Social Control
Control and Political Order
Control In Europe
Social Organization and Social Control
Social Control of Cities
and Social Control in Rural Mexico
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