Modes and Patterns of Social Control: Implications for Human Rights Policy

Abstract

This report is the outcome of an enquiry into the human rights implications of contemporary patterns of social control - how laws, policies and administrative regulations define, construct and respond to people, behaviour or status defined as \"undesirable\", \"dangerous\", criminal or socially problematic. The report explores the human rights implications of questions such as:

  • How changing ideas of crime, criminality and risk are shaping social policy?
  • Why does incarceration continue to be a preferred sanction?
  • How are public health and urban governance being reshaped into regimes of discipline and punitiveness?
  • How do contemporary policing and surveillance practices order and organise social relations?

Drawing on research across five policy areas: infectious diseases, urban spaces and the poor, policing, migration, and punishment and incarceration, as well as a case study of the Roma in Europe, the report is relevant to human rights advocates and professionals working in diverse policy areas. It points to human rights challenges and ways forward with respect to ideas of crime and criminality, penal sanctions, non-criminal sanctions and \"soft\" controls, segregation and exclusion, protection and victim rights, privatisation, surveillance, and policy transfer regimes.

Citation

Blower, E.; Nagaraj, V.K. Modes and Patterns of Social Control: Implications for Human Rights Policy. (2010) 112 pp.

Modes and Patterns of Social Control: Implications for Human Rights Policy

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