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