The social control of sex and food: A brief overview

DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1108/S1521-6136(2010)0000015011
Date21 December 2010
Pages171-184
Publication Date21 December 2010
AuthorJames J. Chriss
THE SOCIAL CONTROL OF SEX
AND FOOD: A BRIEF OVERVIEW
James J. Chriss
ABSTRACT
The concept of social control was formalized with the establishment of
sociology as a scientific discipline in America in the last two decades
of the 19th century. Two early American sociologists in particular,
Edward A. Ross and Lester F. Ward, were instrumental in the movement
to conceptualize social control and illustrate its applicability with regard
to various social phenomena. During Ross’s time social control has
undergone extensive refinement, represented most recently in Chriss’
typology of social control consisting of informal, legal, and medical
control. In this chapter, informal control is explored specifically as it
relates to the control of sexual activity and food quests beginning in
human antiquity.
INTRODUCTION
On June 11, 2007, Idaho republican senator Larry Craig was arrested in a
police sting operation being conducted in a restroom at the Minneapolis
airport. In his report, undercover police detective Dave Karsnia claimed
that the airport had received complaints about that particular restroom,
Social Control: Informal, Legal and Medical
Sociology of Crime, Law and Deviance, Volume 15, 171–184
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ISSN: 1521-6136/doi:10.1108/S1521-6136(2010)0000015011
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