The Culture of Control: American Penality in Sociological Perspective

David Garland
"Sociological Theory and the Changing Penal Landscape"
October 7, 2003, 3:30PM, 7200 Law School
"Social Change, Cultural Adaptation and the New Penal Politics"
October 8, 2003, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
October 9, 2003, 12:20PM, 8108 Social Science


    Professor David W. Garland, widely considered one of the world's leading sociologists of crime and punishment, joined the NYU Law faculty in 1997. He was previously on the faculty of Edinburgh University's Law School, where he had taught since 1979, being appointed to a personal chair in 1992. At NYU, he also holds a joint appointment as professor of sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences, where he teaches graduate classes in social theory and an undergraduate course in criminology.

Garland has been associated with NYU since 1984, when he commuted from Princeton to attend Professor Jacobs' criminal law seminars in the Law School. He was a Visiting Professor at the School in 1992-93 and a member of the Global Law School faculty from 1995 to 1997.

Garland, who received his law degree with First Class Honors and a Ph.D. in Socio-Legal Studies from the University of Edinburgh as well as a Masters in Criminology from the University of Sheffield, is noted for his distinctive sociological approach to the study of punishment and crime control, as well as for his work on the history of criminological ideas. He played a leading role in developing the sociology of punishment and was the founding editor of the interdisciplinary journal Punishment & Society. He is the author of several prize-winning studies, including Punishment and Modern Society: A Study in Social Theory, which won distinguished book awards from the American Sociological Association and the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and Punishment and Welfare: The History of Penal Strategies which won the International Society of Criminology's prize for best study over a five-year period. His most recent book is The Culture of Control: Crime and Social Order in Contemporary Society, was published by University of Chicago Press in February 2001 and is already being translated into Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese. The Culture of Control charts contemporary trends in penal and social control, arguing that the crime policies which emerged in the US and the UK after 1975 are political and cultural adaptations to the new risks and problems created by 'late modern' ways of life.

Garland was a Visiting Reader at Leuven University, Belgium in 1983, a Davis Fellow in Princeton University's history department in 1984-85, and a Visiting Professor at Boalt Law School, U.C. Berkeley, in 1985 and 1988. In 1993 he was awarded the Sellin-Glueck prize by the American Society of Criminology for distinguished scholarly contributions to criminology by a non-American scholar. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and a Fellow-Designate of the Center of Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, CA.