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SOCY 5530 Studies in Crime, Deviance, and Social Control (Spring/Fall: 3 )


Course Description

This grad-level class involves a sociological exploration of power-charged rituals of social control and the “deviants” such rituals target, as well as resistance to control by those that power excludes, marginalizes, stigmatizes, or attempts to silence. How do gendered, class-based, and racialized forms of power influence battles between agents of control and those they label as “other?” Drawing on critical theoretical and historical scholarship, we review major religious, legal, medical, social science, and ethical-political approaches to crime, deviance, and social control, paying attention to global digital technologies of control and resistance. Other issues include racialized policing; mass incarceration; the pharmaceutical management of “madness;” surveillance in everyday life; elite and governmental deviance; and the global trafficking of people, sex, drugs, body parts, weapons, terrorism, and mesmerizing media images capable of inducing fascinating and fearful waves of affect.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Stephen Pfohl

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 06-Oct-16