Criminal Justice-COAS | Public Control of Deviant Behavior
P520 | 23979 | Parnell

This course, initiated by graduate students in the Department of
Criminal Justice, will be taught by Professor Parnell and will focus
on institutional and cultural mechanisms and processes through which
deviance is constructed, prevented, surveilled, ordered, and
controlled. Drawing on theory and empirical research developed for
and within Western, non-Western, and international settings,
assignments take readers outside of the workings of specialized
legal institutions into the monitoring and placement of behavior
through, for example, words spoken in everyday lives, governmental
hegemonic processes and articulations, the construction and
application of processes of accountability in bureaucratic
institutions, and through the medical management of identity. The
course questions how centralized mechanisms of cultural control,
such as law, pattern non-legal relationships while also exploring
the oppositions and seeds of resistance that may exist within
controlling processes. Readings also address the controlling effects
of space, popular ritual, and architecture.

The following is just a preliminary list of readings constructed by
graduate students and professor Parnell. Some readings may be
replaced by new ones, but the themes of the course will remain the
same. Requirements include a course project (a paper, for example)
and one-to-two page weekly summaries of the readings. Participation
in open in-class discussions will be an important component of the


Foucault, Michel 1995 Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the
Prison. New York: Vintage Books. [or selections from this book]

Shore, Chris and Susan Wright 2000 Coercive accountability: the rise
of audit culture in higher education. In, Marilyn Strathern, ed.
Audit Cultures. Routledge: New York

Amit, Vered 2000 “The university as panopticon: moral claims and
attacks on academic freedom.” In, Marilyn Strathern, ed. Audit
Cultures. Routledge: New York.

Scott, James C. 1985 “Hegemony and Consciousness: Everyday Forms of
Ideological Struggle,” Chapter Eight In, Scott, James C. Weapons of
the Weak. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Greenhouse, Carol J. 2005 Hegemony and Hidden Transcripts: The
Discursive Arts of Neoliberal Legitimation. American Anthropologist
107,3: 356-368.

Favret-Saada, Jeanne 1980  Deadly Words—Withcraft in the Bocage.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [or selections from this book]

Hise, Greg 2004 Border City: Race and Social Distance in Los
Angeles. American Quarterly 56,3: 545-558.

Turner, Victor 1969 The Ritual Process. Chicago: Aldine [or
selections from this book]

Alexander, Bobby C. 1991 Correcting Misinterpretations of Turner’s
Theory: An African-American Pentecostal Illustration. Journal for
the Scientific Study of Religion 30,1: 26-44.

Errington, Frederick 1990  The Rock Creek Rodeo: Excess and
Constraint in Men’s Lives. American Ethnologist 17,4: 628-645.

Santiago-Irizarry, Vilma 2001 Medicalizing Ethnicity: The
Construction of Latino Identity in a Psychiatric Setting. Ithaca,
NY: Cornell University Press. [or selections from this book]

Harmer-Dionne, Elizabeth 1998 Once a Peculiar People: Cognitive
Dissonance and the Suppression of Mormon Polygamy As a Case Study
Negating the Belief-Action Distinction. Stanford Law Review 50,4:

Garland, David  2001  The Culture of Control: Crime and Social Order
in Contemporary Society. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
[selections from this book]

Soja, Edward W.  1989 Postmodern Geographies: The Reassertion of
Space in Critical Social Theory. New York: Verso. [selections from
this book]

Davis, Mike 1990  City of Quartz: Excavating the Future of Los
Angeles. New York: Verso.[a selection from this book]

Abu-Lughod, Lila  1986  Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in
Bedouin Society. Berkeley: University of California Press.
[selections from this book]

Ross, Luana  1998  Inventing the Savage: The Social Construction of
Native American Criminality. Austin: University of Texas Press.
[selections from this book]

Ferrell, Jeff  2001  Tearing Down the Streets: Adventures in Urban
Anarchy. New York: Palgrave. [selections from this book]

And so on.

Class meeting:  5:45-8:15, Tuesday

Instructor:  Professor Phil Parnell, Criminal Justice Department