Genocide as Social Control*

  title={Genocide as Social Control*},
  author={Bradley Campbell},
  journal={Sociological Theory},
  pages={150 - 172}
  • B. Campbell
  • Published 1 June 2009
  • Sociology
  • Sociological Theory
Genocide is defined here as organized and unilateral mass killing on the basis of ethnicity. While some have focused on genocide as a type of deviance, most genocide is also social control—a response to behavior itself defined as deviant. As such, it can be explained as a part of a general theory of social control. Black's (1998) theories of social control explain the handling of conflicts with their social geometry—that is, with the social characteristics of those involved in the conflict… 
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