Sociological Theory and Social Control

  title={Sociological Theory and Social Control},
  author={Morris Janowitz},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={82 - 108}
  • M. Janowitz
  • Published 1 July 1975
  • Sociology
  • American Journal of Sociology
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