SOCIAL CONTROL IN EUROPE V2: 1800-2000
by CLIVE EMSLEY, ERIC JOHNSON and PIETER SPIERENBURG
The Ohio State University Press, 2004
eISBN: 978-0-8142-7301-2 | Cloth: 978-0-8142-0969-1

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
This second volume of a two-volume collection of essays provides a comprehensive examination of the idea of social control in the history of Europe. The uniqueness of these volumes lies in two main areas. First, the contributors compare methods of social control on many levels, from police to shaming, church to guilds. Second, they look at these formal and informal institutions as two-way processes. Unlike many studies of social control in the past, the scholars here examine how individuals and groups that are being controlled necessarily participate in and shape the manner in which they are regulated. Hardly passive victims of discipline and control, these folks instead claimed agency in that process, accepting and resisting—and thus molding—the controls under which they functioned.

The essays in this volume explore the various means by which communities in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Europe were subjected to forms of discipline, noting how the communities themselves generated their own forms of internal control. In addition, the essays discuss various policing institutions, exploring in particular the question of how liberal and totalitarian regimes differed in their styles of control, repression, and surveillance.
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