Criminal Justice-COAS | Alternative Social Control Systems
P202 | 2771 | Parnell


This section of P202 will focus on the role of the human body in
ways groups attempt to control their members and in ways individuals
and groups try to challenge societal boundaries. It will examine how
societal constructions of the body are related to ways we
participate in society—our identities; our shared behavioral
boundaries; and our modes of communication. We also will consider
how individuals and members of groups use their bodies to
assertively act on society and create culture, such as in
challenging notions of identity; creating new social forms; and, in
general, participating in and resisting competition over control and
uses of bodies. This exploration will also consider how various
kinds of societal institutions and processes—religious, political,
legal, and economic—establish relationships to the body and attempt
to influence how we view the roles of our bodies in society. For
example, in one book, we will read about the industry that has grown
around drug testing and resisting drug tests and how the business of
drug testing illustrates theories of control.  We will also consider
bodily control in terms of power as it is realized and perceived
among individuals, groups, and networks.

Readings:      To be announced.

Requirements:  Details to be announced. In general, the grade will
be based on the writing of essays and the construction in discussion
sections of visual narratives about how society attempts to assert
control through giving meaning to the body and its uses.

Class meeting: Two 50-minute lectures (Monday and Wednesday, 9:05-
9:55) and one 50-minute discussion section each week

Course Will Satisfy:   CJUS core requirement

Course Will Satisfy:   Social/Historical Studies (Social Inquiry
distribution requirement)

Instructor:    Professor Phil Parnell, Criminal Justice Department