In its first conceptualization, in american sociology, social control grasped a variety of mechanisms seen as the foundation of social order in modernity. The so-called « social reaction perspective » has completely transformed the meaning of the concept, which is now, at least dominantly, seen through a deliberatly restrictive sociological len. This article identifies major problems proper to such a restrictive view, which call for the end of its sociological use.

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Keywords Criminology, Deviance, Social control, Social reaction, Sociological theory, Sociology
Journal Deviance et Societe
Carrier, N. (2006). La dépression problématique du concept de contrôle social. Deviance et Societe, 30(1), 3–20.