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.

Criminology, Deviance, Social control, Social reaction, Sociological theory, Sociology
Deviance et Societe

Carrier, N. (2006). La dépression problématique du concept de contrôle social. Deviance et Societe, 30(1), 3–20.