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Control of illegal drug use and abuse requires an elaborate network of organizations and professions: medical, legal, political, educational, and welfare. This book, first published in 1984, explores the way in which these diverse sectors coordinate the control of deviance in a complex society and how they respond to a sudden widespread increase in deviance spanning many institutional and professional domains. The latter of these concerns, James Beniger argues, affords us a unique insight into the more general question of societal control. He takes as an example of this phenomenon the dramatic appearance of the 'drug problem' in America in the Vietnam war era of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Exploiting this as an approximation of an experimentally induced disruption of society, Professor Beniger examines its impact on the interorganizational and professional networks that together constitute a system for the control of a social deviance.
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- Date Published: February 1984
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521276801
- length: 238 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.34kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. The emergence of the 'drug problem': social change versus social control
2. Control systems from exchange in networks: towards a synthesis of system and action theory
3. Stratification in information and referral exchange
4. Exchange relationships in social-control system
5. The social system: boundary maintenance and hierarchical control
6. Summary: the control system in context
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