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Textbook on Criminology

Textbook on Criminology (7th edn)

Katherine S. Williams
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date: 02 June 2023

13. Control theorieslocked

13. Control theorieslocked

  • Katherine S. WilliamsKatherine S. WilliamsLecturer in Law, University of Wales, Aberystwyth


Course-focused and comprehensive, the Textbook on series provides an accessible overview of the key areas on the law curriculum. This chapter examines the way in which society might persuade individuals to be law abiding. It looks at the social structures that may help law-abiding behaviour: by implication if they are absent, criminality might well arise. The discussions cover early control theories; individual control; sociological control theories; control balance; facilitating and choosing criminality; community-based origins of conformity; official or institutional control agents; and evaluation of control theories.

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