Critical Perspectives on Social Control and Social Regulation in Canada

Edited by Carolyn Brooks, James F. Popham, and Mitch D. Daschuk

Fernwood Publishing

Critical Perspectives on  Social Control and Social Regulation in Canada

Pub Date: April 2020

ISBN: 9781773631196

380 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $69.00

Critical Perspectives on Social Control and Social Regulation in Canada

Edited by Carolyn Brooks, James F. Popham, and Mitch D. Daschuk

Fernwood Publishing

How does social regulation shape who is “deviant” and who is “normal”?

Critical Perspectives on Social Control and Social Regulation in Canada is an introduction to the sociology of what has traditionally been called deviance and conformity. This book shifts the focus from individuals labelled deviant to the political and economic processes that shape marginalization, power and exclusion.
Class, gender, race and sexuality are the bases for understanding deviance, and it is within these relations of power that the labels “deviant” and “normal” are socially developed and the behaviours of those less powerful become regulated.
This textbook introduces readers to theories and critiques of traditional approaches to deviance and conformity. Using vivid and timely examples of contemporary social regulation and control, this textbook brings to life how forces of social control and marginalization interact with social media, sex work, immigration, anti-colonialism, digital surveillance and social movements, and much more. Theories and critiques are clarified with summaries, definitions, rich illustrative examples, discussion questions, recommended resources and test banks for instructors.
Introduction: The Study of Social Control (M. D. Daschuk & James F. Popham) • Section One: A History of Perspectives of Social Deviance, Control and Governance • Consensus Perspectives: Classical Notes on Norms, Deviance, and Identity (M. D. Daschuk) • Defining Deviance, Critical, Feminist and Anti-Oppressive Theories of Social Control (Carolyn Brooks) • Research Methods, Statistics, and Listening to Unheard Voices (James F. Popham) • Beyond Harm: Conditions, Claims, and Social Problems Frames (Sean P. Hier) • Section Two: The Regulation of Identities • Introduction • Representations of Addiction: The History and Continuing Repercussions of Canadian Drug Rhetoric (M. D. Daschuk) • The Creation of Sexual Deviance: Social Control of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Plus People in Canada (Carolyn Brooks & Kirby Brigden) • “Is that man going to be of use to Canada?”: The Construction of Disability in Canadian Immigration Policy as a Means of Social Control (Edward Hon-Sing Wong & Thania Vega) • Living on the Margins: Contextualizing Resiliency Through the Lens of Marginalized Youth (Kandis Boyko & M. D. Daschuk) • Section Three: The Culture of Control • Introduction • Digitally Mediated Moral Panics: On the Changing Nature of Claims-Making, Audience Engagement, and Social Regulation (Sean P. Hier) • “The kids find it fascinating”: Museums, policing, and the fairy tale of ‘crime’ (Matthew Ferguson) • The Social Control of Sex Work (Carolyn Brooks & Karen Wood) • Social Control, Settler Colonialism, and Representations of Violence Against Indigenous Women (Danielle Bird & Julie Kaye) • Section Four: Surveillance and Resistance to Social Control • Social and panoptic regulation through digital technologies (James F. Popham) • National Security, Surveillance, and the Reproduction of Colonial Understandings of Aboriginal Sovereignty in Canada (Scott Thompson) • Beyond Airspace Safety: A Feminist Perspective on Drone Privacy Regulation (Kristen M. J. Thomassen) • Under the gaze: policing social movements that resist extractive capitalism (Jeffrey Monaghan & Kevin Walby) • Tweets of Dissent: Observations on Social Movements in the Digital Age (M. D. Daschuk)

About the Author

Mitch Daschuk earned a PhD from the University of Saskatchewan. His research focuses on the construction of youth subcultures, punk rock ideology and the representational politics that inform prevalent understandings of criminality and dangerousness.