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Critical Perspectives on Social Control and Social Regulation in Canada

edited by Mitch Daschuk, Carolyn Brooks and James Popham  

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

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  • August 2020
  • ISBN: 9781773631196
  • 512 pages
  • $65.00
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  • ISBN: 9781773634173
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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.

Chapter slides and test bank available upon request for instructors. Please contact: examrequest@fernpub.ca

Class Inequality Crime & Law Sociology


Mitch Daschuk

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.

Carolyn Brooks

Carolyn Brooks is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Saskatchewan. Her research and publications focus on youth resilience, the politics of punishment, violence, and visual and community based participatory research methods.

James Popham

James Popham is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminology at Wilfrid Laurier University, where he researches issues of cyber criminality, technology and social empowerment.


  • Introduction: The Study of Social Control (Mitch D. Daschuk and James F. Popham, and Carolyn Brooks)
  • Beyond Harm: Conditions, Claims, and Social Problems Frames (Sean P. Hier)
  • Consensus Perspectives: Classical Notes on Norms, Deviance, and Identity (Mitch 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)
  • Representations of Addiction: The History and Continuing Repercussions of Canadian Drug Rhetoric (Mitch D. Daschuk)
  • The Creation of Sexual Deviance: Social Control of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Plus (LGBTQ+) People in Canada (Carolyn Brooks and Kirby Brigden)
  • “Is That Man Going to Be of Use to Canada?”: Disability as Social Control in Immigration (Edward Hon-Sing Wong and Thania Vega)
  • Living on the Margins: Contextualizing Resiliency Through the Lens of Marginalized Youth (Kandis Boyko and Mitch D. Daschuk)
  • 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 and Karen Wood)
  • Social Control, Settler Colonialism, and Representations of Violence against Indigenous Women (Danielle Bird and Julie Kaye)
  • Social and Panoptic Regulation through Digital Technologies (James F. Popham)
  • National Security, Surveillance, and Colonial Understandings of Indigenous Sovereignty in Canada (Scott Thompson)
  • Beyond Airspace Safety: A Feminist Perspective on Drone Privacy Regulation (Kristen M.J. Thomasen)
  • Under the Gaze: Policing Social Movements That Resist Extractive Capitalism (Jeffrey Monaghan and Kevin Walby)
  • Tweets of Dissent: Observations on Social Movements in the Digital Age (Mitch D. Daschuk)
  • References
  • Index


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