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Social Change and Politics
1920-1976





ISBN 9781412810920
Published June 15, 2010 by Routledge
614 Pages

 
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This classic study deals with social control in advanced industrial society, especially the United States, and particularly the half-century after World War I. The United States is representative of Western advanced industrial nations that have been faced with marked strain in their political institutions. These nation-states have been experiencing a decline in popular confidence and distrust of the political process, an absence of decisive legislative majorities, and an increased inability to govern effectively, that is, to balance and to contain competing interest group demands and resolve political conflicts.

Janowitz uses the sociological idea of social control to explore the sources of these political dilemmas. Social control does not imply coercion or the repression of the individual by societal institutions. Social control is, rather, the face of coercive control. It refers to the capacity of a social group, including a whole society, to regulate itself. Self-regulation implies a set of higher moral principles beyond those of self-interest.

Since the end of World War II, the expanded scope of empirical research has profoundly transformed the sociological discipline. The repeated efforts to achieve a theoretical reformulation have left a positive residue, but there have been no new conceptual breakthroughs that are compelling. This book is a concerted and detailed effort organize and to make sense out of the vastly increased body of empirical research.

Table of Contents

List of Tables
Preface
Introduction to the Transaction Edition
I FRAME OF REFERENCE
1 Sociological Objectives
2 The Idea of Social Control
3 The Logic of Systemic Analysis
II MASTER TRENDS, 1920-1976
4 Political Participation: Emergence of Weak Regimes
5 Social Stratification: Occupation and Welfare
6 Military Participation and Total War
III THE SYSTEM OF SOCIAL ORGANIZATION
7 Bureaucratic Institutions: The Hierarchical Dimension
8 Residential Community: The Geographical Dimension
9 Societal Socialization: Mass Persuasion
10 Societal Socialization: Legitimate Coercion
IV RATIONALITY, INSTITUTION BUILDING, SOCIAL CONTROL
11 The Management of Interpersonal Relations
12 Experiments in Community Participation
13 Political Elites and Social Control
14 Epilogue
Author Index
Analytic and Subject Index

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